The definition of happiness varies from person to person.

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Can the verb below used as an appropriate collocation for the following sentence?

The definition of happiness varies from person to person.
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"Collocation" is what I term a "$5 word". It means that it is a word that is the average person must run to a dictionary to find out the meaning. Don't take this wrong, but I have run into several English learners that read English dictionaries searching for obscure words and then take pride in composing sentences to display their knowledge. In this case I confess to having had to look up "collocation" in a dictionary myself just now. It is more of a linguistic word I think and having been exposed to some linguistics I have found that their use of language is not common outside their profession.

If you want your writing read and enjoyed by all, you should avoid such words and look for a simpler, accurate method of expressing yourself.

For example you could have asked your question without using "collocation" at all. Your question could have been:

Is the verb used in the sentence below appropriate?

This is a nice simple question that is easy to understand and answer. The answer is yes.
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