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col·lo·ca·tion

collocation

 
pronunciation:
ka l keI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: in linguistics, the tendency of certain words to occur together in speech or writing with more frequency than chance would predict, or the particular ways that words tend to combine with each other within a particular language.
Her knowledge of English collocation guided her to write "heavy rain" instead of "strong rain."
definition 2: a grouping of two or more words that are often found in combination with each other in speech or writing.
"Brief description" and "close friend" are common collocations in English.