- 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 allocated
All the slots for arrivals and departures are allocated months in advance.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
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More than 40,000 regular police from a force already stretched by the protests have been allocated to mind the event.Pope Francis’s Trip to Rio: The Security Challenge
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Yet resources will also be allocated to some new writers and even some smaller books—because they have to be.Why Random and Penguin Must Merge—And When They Almost Did
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The CBO predicted that about 400,000 people would enroll, rapidly depleting the $5 billion that had been allocated.The Non-Problem that ObamaCare Didn't Fix
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The U.S. military had not established any prisoner of war protocols or allocated resources to handle the captured enemy.The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’
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So you put Arthur into the living, and you allocated the income to me.The Bertrams
Pete allocated Aunt Caroline according to his idea of where she would do the most good.Good References
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Nor can these new expenses be allocated to the new business alone.Railroads: Rates and Regulations
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Resources were allocated within it with reasonable efficiency.
Developing countries were allocated the role of extending their growth.
- 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 allocated
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