allocate

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verb al·lo·cate \ ˈa-lə-ˌkāt \

Definition of allocate

allocated; allocating
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

allocatable

play \-ˌkā-tə-bəl\ adjective

allocation

play \ˌa-lə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

allocator

play \ˈa-lə-ˌkā-tər\ noun

Examples of allocate in a Sentence

  1. Money from the sale of the house was allocated to each of the children.

  2. We need to determine the best way to allocate our resources.

  3. Have enough funds been allocated to finance the project?

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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


ALLOCATE Defined for English Language Learners

allocate

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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

allocate

verb al·lo·cate \ ˈa-lə-ˌkāt \

Definition of allocate for Students

allocated; allocating
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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