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Definition of collocation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    collocation

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    noun
    NAmE//ˌkɑləˈkeɪʃn//
     
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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.
  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 the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: collocation