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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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  • Then there is the job that would not require relocation but would involve logistical challenges.
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  • We also had four dwarf arbor vitaes that survived their relocation, and put those in along one corner as a privacy hedge.
  • He also notices a barrel-shaped relocation trap on rubber wheels awaiting an especially pesky local bear.
British Dictionary definitions for relocation


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 relocation

1746, in Scottish law, "renewal of a lease," noun of action from relocate. Meaning "act of relocating" is from 1837.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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