al·lo·cate | \ˈa-lə-ˌkāt \
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 \ adjective
allocation \ˌa-lə-ˈkā-shən \ noun
allocator \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?
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And now that the funding has been allocated, a 50-recruit class will be formed in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, and another 45-recruit class in the following fiscal year. Dominic Fracassa,, "SF Police Department likely to get additional officers mayor had sought," 27 June 2018 There are 337, legally, beds (ph), that the federal government has allocated. Fox News, "Rep. Goodlatte on what he wants to ask Peter Strzok, next steps for immigration," 24 June 2018 The panel has allocated $21.3 billion for NASA, $6.4 billion of which would go to the science division. Eric Hand, Science | AAAS, "NASA science and NSF do well in Senate spending bill," 13 June 2018 In Poland alone, €86 billion ($102 billion) has been allocated toward improving travel, business, and infrastructure between 2014 and 2020. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Could power of the euro rein in Poland and Hungary where rule of law has not?," 17 May 2018 Some manufacturers have donated units to health departments and advocacy groups, and Congress has allocated millions to purchase naloxone. Lev Facher, STAT, "Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids contributed to more overdose deaths in 2016 than prescription painkillers," 1 May 2018 Hart’s budget maintains the school board’s $164.6 million budget and allocates $17.6 million for capital projects. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Budget Hearing Ends With Call To Reestablish Taxpayer Association," 12 Apr. 2018 Rotarians are following in the footsteps of the Kiwanis Club of Ramona, who Hailey said has allocated $1,000 toward museum maintenance in its current fiscal year, Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Rotary follows Kiwanis lead in championing museum," 24 Jan. 2018 The funds for the renovations have been allocated from the Cultural Infrastructure Fund, a financing program sponsored by the Australian government, according to Arch Daily. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "The Sydney Opera House Is Getting A Major Makeover," 22 Aug. 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of allocate

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


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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