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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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  • Often when easy gold became scarce a claim was abandoned and open to relocation.

    The Pinos Altos Story Dorothy Watson
  • This would be immediately after the relocation of the mine and the driving off of Cochise.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • This new migration was reinforced by the relocation of entire families.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • And in making your relocation did you again pass through the graveyard?

    Pickett's Gap Homer Greene
  • The "notice" was already up, the "relocation" of our mine completed beyond recall, and the crowd rapidly dispersing.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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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