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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.
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 allocates
  • The government allocates to the automobile giants money under modernization of manufacture.
  • The gov t allocates frequencies to prevent chaos but does not subsidize one type of cell phone over another.
  • The answer returns us to the nature of information processing, and the perverse way in which the brain allocates our attention.
  • The teaching revenue is calculated by the money the state allocates to universities per credit-hour of teaching.
  • It merely allocates capital, duplicating-though awkwardly-the functions of financial markets.
  • For all its excesses, it allocates resources to where they are productive better than any central planner ever could.
  • So too is software that allocates computing resources more efficiently.
  • The poorer the state, the more the central government allocates, but the less it actually ends up spending.
  • Because finance allocates capital to all other industries, fixing financial regulations means strengthening the nation.
  • Capitalism is the dynamic which efficiently allocates our society's resources.
British Dictionary definitions for allocates


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 allocates



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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