When you relocate, you move to a new location and settle into a new place. If you live in New York City but you get a job in Phoenix, you'll have to relocate to Arizona to start your new career.

The word relocate came into English in the 1800s from re, meaning "back, again," and locate, meaning "to settle." Relocate refers not only to moving to a new place but also to establishing yourself there. It typically involves finding a new place to live, making new friends, finding your way around your new town or city — even getting cable TV installed. For some people, this can be an exciting adventure; for others, it's a daunting challenge of to-do lists.

Definitions of relocate

v become established in a new location

“Our company relocated to the Midwest”
Type of:
change residence, affiliation, or place of employment

v move or establish in a new location

“We had to relocate the office because the rent was too high”
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense