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Definition of collocation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    collocation

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌkɒləˈkeɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːləˈkeɪʃn//
     
    (linguistics) Linguistic devices
     
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  1. 1[countable] a combination of words in a language, that happens very often and more frequently than would happen by chance ‘Resounding success’ and ‘crying shame’ are English collocations. See related entries: Linguistic devices
  2. 2[uncountable] the fact of two or more words often being used together, in a way that happens more frequently than would happen by chance Advanced students need to be aware of the importance of collocation. See related entries: Linguistic devices
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin collocatio(n-), from collocare ‘place together’, from col- ‘together’ + locare ‘to place’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: collocation