Definition of collocate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

collocate

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈkɑləˌkeɪt//
 
[intransitive]collocate (with something)(linguistics)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they collocate
 
he / she / it collocates
 
past simple collocated
 
-ing form collocating
 
 
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(of words) to be often used together in a language “Bitter” collocates with “tears” but “sour” does not. “Bitter” and “tears” collocate.
NAmE//ˈkɑləkət//
 
noun “Bitter” and “tears” are collocates.