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allocate

[al-uh-keyt] /ˈæl əˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), allocated, allocating.
1.
to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot:
to allocate funds for new projects.
2.
to fix the place of; locate.
Origin
1630-1640
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
Synonyms
1. See assign.
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British Dictionary definitions for real locate

allocate

/ˈæləˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to assign or allot for a particular purpose
2.
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 real locate

allocate

v.

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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