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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for reallocation
  • All these reallocation of memory can be done only if all other parts of our body are at rest.
  • Second, he wants a broader reallocation of votes and a new formula to calculate them.
  • The caring company's alternative to downsizing is reallocation.
  • Unused individual allocations could be cancelled at year-end for reallocation the following year or held in the reserve.
  • Lower prices and better service should follow-a reallocation of resources from the state to telecoms customers.
  • In addition, the freeing of funds should not validate a reallocation of these funds.
  • In fact, the reallocation of water from farms to cities is well under way in both industrial and developing countries.
  • Optional method for determining date of reallocation.
Word Origin and History for reallocation



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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