Allocate Definition

allocated, allocates, allocating
allocated, allocates, allocating
To set apart for a special purpose; designate.
Allocate a room to be used for storage.
American Heritage
To set apart for a specific purpose.
To allocate funds for housing.
Webster's New World
To distribute according to a plan; allot.
Allocate rations for a week-long camping trip.
American Heritage
To distribute in shares or according to a plan; allot.
Webster's New World
To fix the location of; locate.
Webster's New World

Origin of Allocate

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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