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allocate

verb al·lo·cate \ˈa-lə-ˌkāt\

Simple Definition of allocate

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of allocate

allocated

allocating

  • transitive verb
    1. transitive verb
    2. 1 :  to apportion for a specific purpose or to particular persons or things :  distribute <allocate tasks among human and automated components>

    3. 2 :  to set apart or earmark :  designate <allocate a section of the building for special research purposes>

    allocatable

    play play \-ˌkā-tə-bəl\ adjective

    allocation

    play \ˌa-lə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

    allocator

    play \ˈa-lə-ˌkā-tər\ noun

    Examples of allocate in a sentence

    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 and Etymology 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

    Rhymes with allocate

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    ALLOCATE Defined for Kids

    allocate

    verb al·lo·cate \ˈa-lə-ˌkāt\

    Definition of allocate for Students

    allocated

    allocating

    1. 1 :  to divide and give out for a special reason or to particular people or things <Funds were allocated among the clubs.>

    2. 2 :  to set apart for a particular purpose <Part of the classroom was allocated for reading.>





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