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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.
Origin of allocate
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 reallocate
  • If the project isn't funded by the deadline, the funds are returned to you so you can reallocate.
  • We need to reallocate resources and maybe write some big checks.
  • He wants to use the funding stick to reallocate resources.
  • But, science money is easier to reallocate for science tasks.
  • Now there is the matter of whether to reallocate the medals.
  • We're going to go back, asking to reallocate the money.
  • Churn is a mechanism by which labour markets reallocate workers towards more efficient ends.
  • Instead of spending more overall, they want to reallocate money that is now being wasted.
  • We need to reallocate resources out of construction, finance, and debt-financed consumption.
  • Financial intermediaries and markets allow individuals to reallocate consumption over their lifetimes.
British Dictionary definitions for reallocate


verb (transitive)
to assign or allot to a different purpose or person from the one originally intended
Derived Forms
reallocation, noun


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 reallocate



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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