- to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot: to allocate funds for new projects.
- to fix the place of; locate.
Origin of allocate
1. See assign.
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Examples from the Web for allocate
Also, our house will be paid off so we can allocate those savings to other investments.First World Financial Problems
March 11, 2013
And we can talk about whether we want to allocate fewer resources to the aged.Alan Greenspan's Terrible Fiscal Cliff Comments
November 16, 2012
I recommend you allocate 30% to a broad international stock fund, and 70% in a broad US index fund, such as an S&P500 fund.Ask the Blogger: Why Isn't My IRA Doing Anything?
October 22, 2012
Why allocate education dollars to a community perceived to be off the charts with spelling-bee winners and academic scholars?Asian-Americans Reject ‘Good’ News in Pew Report
June 26, 2012
While this frees up resources the Romney camp can allocate elsewhere, it could prove costly if it lets Santorum on the board.Massachusetts and Vermont Loom Large on Super Tuesday
March 3, 2012
It requires keen and discriminating judgment to allocate specimens with passing exactitude as to time and place.Chats on Cottage and Farmhouse Furniture
In Chinese annals two names appear as those of the district and town (I am not able to allocate their application with certainty).The Bbur-nma in English</p>
Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
My specimens also showed these intermediate tendencies and I am unable at present to allocate the specimens to subspecies.Birds from North Borneo</p>
Max C. Thompson
It was accordingly arranged to allocate yards or separate sections of yards, so that one class of tonnage only would be produced.
Adaptability results from diversity; so does the ability to allocate resources within the dynamic community.The Civilization of Illiteracy</p>
- to assign or allot for a particular purpose
- a less common word for locate (def. 2)
C17: from Medieval Latin allocāre, from Latin locāre to place, from locus a place
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Word Origin and History for allocate
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