Meaning of “collocation” in the English Dictionary

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"collocation" in British English

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uk /ˌkɒl.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌkɑː.ləˈkeɪ.ʃən/ 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.

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.

[ U ] the regular use of some words and phrases with others, especially in a way that is difficult to guess

(Definition of “collocation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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