Collocates are words that occur near a given word (the node word),
and they can provide very useful insight into the
meaning and usage of the words by which they occur.
This site contains the
largest and most accurate lists of collocates of
English -- up to 4.3 million node/collocate pairs. Feel free to take a look at
the some samples (expanded:
Remember that any list of collocates is
only as good as the corpus (collection of texts) that it is based
on. The 4.3 million node/collocate pairs are based on the only large, genre-balanced,
up-to-date corpus of English -- the 450 million word
Contemporary American English (COCA).