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allocation

[al-uh-key-shuh n] /ˌæl əˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of allocating; apportionment.
2.
the state of being allocated.
3.
the share or portion allocated.
4.
Accounting. a system of dividing expenses and incomes among the various branches, departments, etc., of a business.
Origin of allocation
1525-1535
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
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allocation

/ˌæləˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of allocating or the state of being allocated
2.
a part that is allocated; share
3.
(accounting, Brit) a system of dividing overhead expenses between the various departments of a business
4.
(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
n.

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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