Simple Definition of allocate
: to divide and give out (something) for a special reason or to particular people, companies, etc.
Full Definition of allocate
allocationplay \ˌa-lə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
allocatorplay \ˈa-lə-ˌkā-tər\ noun
Examples of allocate in a sentence
Money from the sale of the house was allocated to each of the children.
We need to determine the best way to allocate our resources.
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
ALLOCATE Defined for Kids
Definition of allocate for Students
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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