(EN) – Collocations Dictionary | Macmillan Dictionary


Collocations are words that are often used together, such as utterly fascinating or concerted effort. They can be difficult to learn because they are not always predictable, and a collocate for one word does not always work as a collocate for a near synonym of that word. For example, we don’t say utterly interesting, nor do we say hard effort or voice a worry.

Collocation is a central feature of language and being able to produce natural word combinations is an indication of fluency. Collocation also contributes to meaning. Most common words have more than one meaning, and we use the surrounding context to indicate which meaning is intended. Collocation plays a big part in this process.


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