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[al-uh-key-shuh n] /ˌæl əˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of allocating; apportionment.
the state of being allocated.
the share or portion allocated.
Accounting. a system of dividing expenses and incomes among the various branches, departments, etc., of a business.
1525-35; < Medieval Latin allocātiōn- (stem of allocātiō), equivalent to allocāt(us) (see allocate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
allocative, adjective
deallocation, noun
reallocation, noun
suballocation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for allocation
  • Moreover, even less is known as to the basis on which policies affecting the allocation and distribution of funds rest.
  • The improvement in crime statistics has been credited to better enforcement and allocation of officers.
  • Makes major budgetary and resource allocation decisions.
  • But water is everywhere hugely subsidised, and protectionism often stops an efficient allocation of resources.
  • Credit allocation is always a problem with-in science.
  • His company applies a market-based system to bandwidth allocation in a computer network.
  • Prepare budget and determine allocation of funds for staff, supplies and equipment.
  • If they don't use that allocation in a given year, they lose it.
  • And new technology is driving a much more efficient system for capital allocation to startups.
  • Economists should have been more worried about the housing bubble and a lousy allocation of capital from the savings glut.
British Dictionary definitions for allocation


the act of allocating or the state of being allocated
a part that is allocated; share
(accounting, Brit) a system of dividing overhead expenses between the various departments of a business
(social welfare) (in a Social Services Department) the process of assigning referrals to individual workers, thus changing their status to cases
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Word Origin and History for allocation

mid-15c., from Middle French allocacion, from Medieval Latin allocationem (nominative allocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of allocare (see allocate).

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