allocate

verb
al·​lo·​cate | \ ˈa-lə-ˌkāt How to pronounce allocate (audio) \
allocated; allocating

Definition of allocate

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

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Other Words from allocate

allocatable \ -​ˌkā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce allocatable (audio) \ adjective
allocation \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce allocation (audio) \ noun
allocator \ ˈa-​lə-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce allocator (audio) \ 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?
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Even with 61 of the 64 top-up seats allocated elsewhere, Fidesz ended up with 68% of the MPs. The Economist, "How Viktor Orban hollowed out Hungary’s democracy," 29 Aug. 2019 Jones noted the council also allocated additional funding. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Chained and neglected: Detroit's dog problem persists despite child deaths," 28 Aug. 2019 Today, Super Bowl ticket inventory is controlled by the league, which allocates percentages to participating teams, the host club and the other 29 teams, as well as the league office, sponsors and business partners. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 But barring injury, the bulk of playing time not allocated to Benjamin will go to Floyd and Carter. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Behind Eno Benjamin, ASU running backs Isaiah Floyd and A.J. Carter could surprise in situational roles," 27 Aug. 2019 The bonus account is funded by a percentage of slots revenue allocated to horse racing and by a cut of overall betting at the tracks. Doug Donovan, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland horse racing commission dominated by industry players. They manage cash awards -- and win them.," 22 Aug. 2019 The remaining 20 percent will come from public funds already allocated toward conservation projects, officials said. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "California building largest wildlife crossing in the world," 21 Aug. 2019 The report notes that Planned Parenthood is not the only one quitting the program, which allocates $260 million in grants to clinics. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Planned Parenthood Leaves Federal Family Planning Program Over Abortion Restrictions," 20 Aug. 2019 Yes’ vote creates new redistricting commission to replace redistricting process by legislature; rural, less-populous areas allocated proportionately more representation on commission; changes redistricting requirements. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Explanation of potential ballot measure rewriting Oregon redistricting rules needs rewrite, state Supreme Court rules," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of allocate

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allocate

Medieval Latin allocatus, past participle of allocare, from Latin ad- + locare to place, from locus place — more at stall

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allocate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of allocate

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

allocate

verb
al·​lo·​cate | \ ˈa-lə-ˌkāt\
allocated; allocating

Kids Definition of allocate

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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