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English definition of “collocation”

collocation

noun [C]
 
 
/ˌkɒləˈkeɪʃən/
B2 a word or phrase that sounds natural and correct when it is used with another word or phrase: In the phrase 'a hard frost', 'hard' is a collocation of 'frost', and 'strong' would not sound natural.Linguistic terms and linguistic style
the combination of words formed when two or more words are frequently used together in a way that sounds natural: The phrase 'a hard frost' is a collocation.Sentences and expressions
(Definition of collocation from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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