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[al-uh-keyt] /ˈæl əˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), allocated, allocating.
to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot:
to allocate funds for new projects.
to fix the place of; locate.
Origin of allocate
1630-40; < Medieval Latin allocātus (past participle of allocāre), equivalent to al- al- + loc(us) place + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
allocator, noun
deallocate, verb (used with object), deallocated, deallocating.
reallocate, verb (used with object), reallocated, reallocating.
unallocated, adjective
1. See assign. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for allocate
  • They do not want us to allocate all that money until a review has been made.
  • What matters most is how you allocate your overall savings — and how much you save.
  • Best plan is to allocate regular hours each day for studying, whether there's an exam corning or not.
  • Dozens of Federal programs use census figures in order to allocate local aid.
  • The computer would allocate that memory for programs or storage as it needed.
  • On the average they can allocate only about a third of local taxes to education.
  • Census population figures are used to allocate federal dollars for everything from roads to social services.
  • These mutual funds allocate all your money automatically into a basket of mutual funds that fit your risk profile.
  • While they agreed on this goal, they deadlocked over how to allocate the money.
  • That's a much more prudent way to allocate the stock portion of your retirement fund.
British Dictionary definitions for allocate


verb (transitive)
to assign or allot for a particular purpose
a less common word for locate (sense 2)
Derived Forms
allocatable, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin allocāre, from Latin locāre to place, from locus a place
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Word Origin and History for allocate

1630s, from verbal used of adjective allocate (mid-15c. in legal use), from Medieval Latin allocate (the common first word of writs authorizing payment), imperative plural of allocare "allocate," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + locare "to place" (see locate). Related: Allocated; allocating.

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