- 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 allocating
“It pretty much looks like taking a central solar plant and allocating it across 3,000 roofs,” said Rumido.Panel Discussion
The Daily Beast
September 8, 2014
Unlike in years past, more than 40 states are allocating their delegates proportionally, instead of winner take all.No Clear Path to Victory for Romney
John Avlon, Ben Jacobs
March 7, 2012
TF: It may be at certain stages of development—for allocating resources, for example.America Needs a Makeover
September 9, 2011
It's a very efficient way of allocating resources and capital.Auletta and Cohan Discuss Greed and Geithner
The Daily Beast
April 23, 2009
It consists in taking the whole performance to pieces and allocating the praise.Faces in the Fire
Frank W. Boreham
How are you to subdivide these magisterial districts for the purpose of allocating members?Liberalism and the Social Problem
Winston Spencer Churchill
In the face of all this the colonies were conspicuously and notoriously unable to agree upon any principle of allocating grants.The Story of Newfoundland
Frederick Edwin Smith, Earl of Birkenhead
The bill was accompanied by a financial scheme for a new system of allocating the parliamentary grant.
Allocating three percent or less of GDP for defense could easily prove to be a ceiling and not a floor.Shock and Awe
Harlan K. Ullman
- 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 allocating
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