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[ree-loh-keyt, ree-loh-keyt] /riˈloʊ keɪt, ˌri loʊˈkeɪt/
verb (used with object), relocated, relocating.
to move (a building, company, etc.) to a different location:
plans to relocate the firm to Houston.
verb (used without object), relocated, relocating.
to change one's residence or place of business; move:
Next year we may relocate to Denver.
Origin of relocate
1825-35, Americanism; re- + locate
Related forms
relocation, noun Unabridged
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  • We could move inland off the coasts and help relocate a relatively few tropical islanders to continental higher ground.
  • Move the furniture away from lingering moisture and relocate it to a dry location with sunlight.
  • Fire ants may relocate if their nests are repeatedly drenched with boiling or soapy water.
  • He therefore advocates and implements programs that relocate tribal communities living in wildlife reserves to other regions.
  • It certainly wasn't impossible to relocate millions of people during the construction process.
  • The people and businesses who can relocate, will and governments will need to limit growth.
  • Plenty of educated people from all over the world are willing to relocate.
  • In the end, what defused the crisis was that there was extra space on the roof, so the installer could relocate the errant panel.
  • Many people looking to relocate to a new city have the cost of living and the weather on their minds.
  • There are not enough cities or areas of the country to go around to relocate every struggling small-market team.
British Dictionary definitions for relocate


to move or be moved to a new place, esp (of an employee, a business, etc) to a new area or place of employment
(intransitive) (of an employee, a business, etc) to move for reasons of business to a new area or place of employment
Derived Forms
relocation, noun
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Word Origin and History for relocate

1822, transitive, "to move (something, originally a road) to another place," from re- "back, again" + locate (v.). Intransitive sense of "settle again" is from 1841. Related: Relocated; relocating.

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