collocation

[kol-uh-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of collocating.
2.
the state or manner of being collocated.
3.
the arrangement, especially of words in a sentence.
4.
Linguistics. a co-occurrence of lexical items, as perform with operation or commit with crime.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin collocātiōn- (stem of collocātiō), equivalent to collocāt(us) (see collocate) + -iōn- -ion

collocational, collocative, adjective
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collocation (ˌkɒləˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
a grouping together of things in a certain order, as of the words in a sentence

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collocation
early 17c., from L. collocationem, noun of action from collocare (see collocate). Linguistics sense is attested from 1940.
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Three experiments were conducted to test the psychological relevance of objectively quantified word collocations.
We use common collocations to point out how the individual words relate to each other to create a special meaning.
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