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collocation

noun     /ˌkɒl.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌkɑː.lə-/ specialized
B2 [C] (also collocate) a word or phrase that is often used with another word or phrase, in a way that sounds correct to people who have spoken the language all their lives , but might not be expected from the meaning : In the phrase "a hard frost ", "hard" is a collocation of " frost " and " strong " would not sound natural .Sentences and expressions B2 [C] the combination of words formed when two or more words are often used together in a way that sounds correct : The phrase "a hard frost " is a collocation.Sentences and expressions [U] the regular use of some words and phrases with others , especially in a way that is difficult to guess Sentences and expressions Grammar:CollocationCollocation refers to how words go together or form fixed relationships.
(Definition of collocation noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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