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

Other Words from allocate

allocatable \ ˈa-​lə-​ˌkā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce allocate (audio) \ adjective
allocation \ ˌa-​lə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce allocate (audio) \ noun
allocator \ ˈa-​lə-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce allocate (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?
Recent Examples on the Web Ohio’s state government will choose how to allocate its $5.4 billion of ARPA money, but cities and counties will also have jurisdiction over smaller pots of money allocated to them. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 City staff gathered public input through focus groups, community meetings and online feedback before officials decided how to allocate the funds. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 Distillers also have to balance the potential for overseas sales with strong domestic demand in deciding how to allocate finite supplies of whiskey. Bruce Schreiner, ajc, 4 Mar. 2022 FTSE Russell unit help determine how investors allocate many billions of dollars. Georgi Kantchev And Margot Patrick, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Ventura said favors creating an ad hoc committee to gather ideas and design proposals for how to allocate the cannabis tax revenue. Michelle Mullins,, 11 Feb. 2022 By using quantitative models, researchers can alert policymakers and health care officials about how to best allocate resources and close care gaps in communities. Garen Staglin, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Political leaders and health care system administrators have left them to make life-or-death decisions about how to allocate increasingly scarce resources — not least of all their own time and expertise. Ian Wolfe, STAT, 24 Jan. 2022 India's Covid-19 Task Force Chief, V.K. Paul, told CNN affiliate CNN-News18 on Wednesday, adding the government had asked India's National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation for guidance on how to allocate the shot. Rhea Mogul And Esha Mitra, CNN, 21 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of allocate

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allocate

borrowed from Medieval Latin allocātus, past participle of allocāre "to place, stow, hire out, place on hire, allow, admit, credit," from Latin ad- ad- + locāre "to place, situate" — more at locate

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“Allocate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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