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What is the word (I believe it starts with a "C") which means that a noun and a verb go together, e.g.: you can:

  • hold a meeting
  • start a meeting
  • end a meeting

but it would be odd to say that you:

  • make a meeting
  • create a meeting
  • do a meeting

etc.

I learned the word a long time ago in a linguistics class I took, it's something like "correlate" or "conjugate" but I can't remember it.

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The word is collocation.

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Or this. Something new every day! –  Lunivore Oct 17 '11 at 14:40
    
awesome, I knew I was close with "co..." something, thanks! –  Edward Tanguay Oct 17 '11 at 14:44
    
The term collocation simply means any idiomatic usages where particular words are normally used together with no semantic or grammatical justification for not using other words. It's not specific to verb+noun, or noun+noun pairings. –  FumbleFingers Oct 17 '11 at 14:55

I think it may be complementary, and it's not just for nouns.

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