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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That money is allocated by the royal household with government oversight. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 According to government plans, subsidies are allocated for only 4.6 million home purchases this year, down more than 20% from last year. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "China’s Property Market, Once a Lifeline, Now Carries Economic Risks," 16 Feb. 2019 Additional funding is allocated across other agencies and programs. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?," 28 Jan. 2019 Emitters in a particular sector are allocated credits based on their carbon output — or rather, based on the average carbon output of a facility in their sector. David Roberts, Vox, "Canadian premier Justin Trudeau is betting his reelection on a carbon tax," 24 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile $72 million was allocated for military spending, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, an independent resource on global security. Sam Mednick, Fox News, "War-torn South Sudan launches youth rugby league for peace," 28 Sep. 2018 Players will be allocated in three phases, the Alliance announced this week. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando's Alliance of American Football team learns how it will procure players," 13 July 2018 To devise a solution, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been allocated $556,250 for a feasibility study regarding port improvements. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Despite recent dredge, PortMiami still can't fit some large ships. New project in the works," 8 July 2018 The shares in the trust are allocated to individual employees’ accounts, often using a formula based on their respective compensation. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner, Cincinnati.com, "Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) offer unique benefits and succession planning options," 2 July 2018

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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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The first known use of allocate was in 1616

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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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