Allocate definition

ălə-kāt
To fix the location of; locate.
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To set apart for a specific purpose.

To allocate funds for housing.

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To distribute according to a plan, generally followed by the adposition "to"

The bulk of K–12 education funds are allocated to school districts that in turn pay for the cost of operating schools.

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To distribute in shares or according to a plan; allot.
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Allocate is defined as the act of setting aside something for a certain reason.

An example of allocate is when a person sets aside a certain amount from their paycheck each week to save for an upcoming vacation.

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The definition of allocate is the act of portioning out something for a certain reason, or to a person or thing.

An example of allocate is when a boss schedules a certain amount of time each morning in order to go over the day’s business with their employees.

An example of allocate is when a group of people are lost in the woods and they divide up their food and water, giving out an equal portion to each individual.

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To set aside for a purpose.
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(computing) To declare a section of the memory to be used by the program.
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To distribute according to a plan; allot.

Allocate rations for a week-long camping trip.

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To set apart for a special purpose; designate.

Allocate a room to be used for storage.

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Origin of allocate

  • Medieval Latin allocāre allocāt- Latin ad- ad- Latin locāre to place (from locus place)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Vulgar Latin allocare, from ad- (“to”) + locus (“place”), plus Latinate English suffix +‎ -ate. Compare allocable, without the -ate.

    From Wiktionary