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allocate

verb al·lo·cate \ˈa-lə-ˌkāt\

: to divide and give out (something) for a special reason or to particular people, companies, etc.

al·lo·cat·edal·lo·cat·ing

Full Definition of ALLOCATE

transitive verb
transitive verb
1
:  to apportion for a specific purpose or to particular persons or things :  distribute <allocate tasks among human and automated components>
2
:  to set apart or earmark :  designate <allocate a section of the building for special research purposes>
al·lo·cat·able \-ˌkā-tə-bəl\ adjective
al·lo·ca·tion \ˌa-lə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
al·lo·ca·tor \ˈa-lə-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of ALLOCATE

  1. Money from the sale of the house was allocated to each of the children.
  2. We need to determine the best way to allocate our resources.
  3. Have enough funds been allocated to finance the project?

Origin of ALLOCATE

Medieval Latin allocatus, past participle of allocare, from Latin ad- + locare to place, from locus place — more at stall
First Known Use: circa 1641

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ALLOCATE Defined for Kids

allocate

verb al·lo·cate \ˈa-lə-ˌkāt\
al·lo·cat·edal·lo·cat·ing

Definition of ALLOCATE for Kids

1
:  to divide and give out for a special reason or to particular people or things <Funds were allocated among the clubs.>
2
:  to set apart for a particular purpose <Part of the classroom was allocated for reading.>

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