1 [ intrans. ] Linguistics (of a word) be habitually juxtaposed with another with a frequency greater than chance : “maiden” collocates with “voyage.”
2 [ trans. ] rare place side by side or in a particular relation : [as adj. ] ( collocated) McAndrew was a collocated facility with Argentia Naval Station.
a word that is habitually juxtaposed with another with a frequency greater than chance : collocates for the word “mortgage” include “lend” and “property.”
ORIGIN early 16th cent. (sense 2) : from Latin collocat- ‘placed together,’ from the verb collocare, from col- ‘together’ + locare ‘to place.’ Sense 1 dates from the 1950s.