allocate

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

Essential Meaning of allocate

: to divide and give out (something) for a special reason or to particular people, companies, etc. allocate funds among charities Money from the sale of the house was allocated to each of the children. See More ExamplesWe need to determine the best way to allocate our resources. Have enough funds been allocated to finance the project?Hide

Full 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?
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Recent Examples on the Web In the Philippines, a major association of education workers called on the government to allocate more money to open schools safely. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 So overall, that leaves about $1.6 billion left to allocate in Rescue Plan funds. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 7 Jan. 2022 At Johns Hopkins University, employees are rushing to develop algorithms to help allocate scarce treatments, said Dr. Kelly Gebo, an infectious diseases and epidemiology specialist. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 The La Crosse City Council has voted to allocate $700,000 to fund a temporary winter shelter from November to March. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 On Tuesday, Cobb County commissioners voted to allocate an additional $6.6 million in rental assistance, on top of the initial $22.9 million. Tyler Wilkins, ajc, 30 Sep. 2021 Libertyville trustees voted earlier this year to allocate $100,000 of the money the village is eventually expected to get to the business grant program. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, 15 July 2021 The City Council recently voted to allocate some of its American Rescue Plan Act funds to support local businesses, and designated $5 million to the El Cajon Business Grant Program. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2021 Dunbar voted to keep mandates in place that shut down or restricted businesses and voted to allocate pandemic relief money to the purchase of buildings for homeless services. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 9 May 2021

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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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The first known use of allocate was in 1616

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13 Jan 2022

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“Allocate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allocate. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for allocate

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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