sub·​al·​lo·​cate | \ ˌsəb-ˈa-lə-ˌkāt How to pronounce suballocate (audio) \
variants: or sub-allocate
suballocated or sub-allocated; suballocating or sub-allocating

Definition of suballocate

transitive verb

: to allocate (something, such as funds) to one or more subordinate agencies as a share of a larger allocation or supply Highway funds are apportioned to states … The Recovery Act also required that 30 percent of these funds be suballocated … for metropolitan, regional, and local use.— Linda Calbom

Other Words from suballocate

suballocation \ ˌsəb-​ˌa-​lə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce suballocation (audio) \ or sub-allocation noun, plural suballocations or sub-allocations
suballocation of funds

First Known Use of suballocate

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Suballocate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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