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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 allocating
  • Administrators have to be both fair in allocating money under their control and concerned about precedent.
  • Administrators typically see grants as an optimal means for allocating scarce resources.
  • In these economic times our small school needs to be even more judicious than ever in allocating resources.
  • So the trick will be allocating powerful but finite resources in an efficient and managed way.
  • Resources are allocating according to political clout rather than any criteria of merit.
  • There could be preternatural logic to allocating thinking beings one per galaxy.
  • Conglomerates offer no particular efficiency in allocating capital to its best use.
  • The other is to work with existing knowledge and technology, but to concentrate on allocating it efficiently.
  • Airlines are holding sales, allocating more discount seats.
  • Bureaucrats are usually worse at allocating capital than the private sector.
British Dictionary definitions for allocating


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 allocating



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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