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Borrowed from Latin collocatum, supine of collocō. Doublet of couch.



collocate (third-person singular simple present collocates, present participle collocating, simple past and past participle collocated)

  1. (linguistics, translation studies) (said of certain words) To be often used together, form a collocation; for example strong collocates with tea.
  2. To arrange or occur side by side. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To set or place; to station.
    • (Can we date this quote by E. Hall and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      to marshal and collocate in order his battalions



collocate (plural collocates)

  1. (linguistics) A component word of a collocation; a word that collocates with another.
    • 2018, Clarence Green; James Lambert, “Advancing disciplinary literacy through English for academic purposes: Discipline-specific wordlists, collocations and word families for eight secondary subjects”, in Journal of English for Academic Purposes, volume 35, DOI:, page 109:
      A list of collocations to accompany the SVL words providing their important lexico-grammatical associations could therefore be a useful supplementary resource. Thus, we took an extra step not present in previously developed academic wordlists and created lists of each word's discipline-specific collocates.


collocate (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Set; placed.
    • 1631, [Francis Bacon], “10. Century.”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      of that creature you must take the parts wherein that virtue chiefly is collocate




  1. second-person plural present indicative of collocare
  2. second-person plural imperative of collocare
  3. feminine plural of collocato




  1. second-person plural present active imperative of collocō