Definition of allocate
allocatableplay \-ˌkā-tə-bəl\ adjective
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?
Recent Examples of allocate from the Web
Those bills still need to be paid, even if the House didn't allocate money to cover them, according to LaFleur.
Madrid received 17,518 tickets for the final, with about 15,000 allocated to club members.
Instead of fixing this issue years ago, FSP continues to cover up the fact the funds allocated (Inmate Welfare Funds) are spent leisurely on non-inmate stuff.
The DAFF allocated 212 million rand for drought-relief measures but only spent 146 million rand, 90 percent of which went to subsistence farmers, Agri SA said.
Budget writers proposed eliminating a tactic known as a special item, which allocates money to specific universities for specific projects outside the standard funding formulas.
Some of that money has already been allocated for a revamp of the Community Center Theater and an upgrade of Memorial Auditorium.
Applications are accepted until the funds are all allocated.
Work on that could happen this year if EPA higher-ups allocate money for construction.
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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: 1616
ALLOCATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of allocate for English Language Learners
: to divide and give out (something) for a special reason or to particular people, companies, etc.
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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