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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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  • The board should also make it clear what rights are conferred on the shareholders who buy shares allocated to the roof.
  • Monitor and manage student organization expenditures once allocated.
  • The sums allocated to each level of government are now published, and there has been some progress in curbing graft.
  • Second, we're not advocating that capital should be allocated in a subsidized way.
  • Earning power should not be the sole criterion by which the ordinary joys of life are allocated.
  • Nonrecurring dollars are allocated at the discretion of the university.
  • As far as possible, small teams of officers are allocated to individual wards.
  • Now the allocated money is being siphoned off for existing rail services.
  • Since agents know how much a team has been allocated to sign the first-round pick, they demand that amount for their player.
  • Racism is present as well as resources not being allocated equally.
British Dictionary definitions for allocated


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 allocated



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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