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allocation

[al-uh-key-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of allocating; apportionment.
  2. the state of being allocated.
  3. the share or portion allocated.
  4. Accounting. a system of dividing expenses and incomes among the various branches, departments, etc., of a business.
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Origin of allocation

1525–35; < Medieval Latin allocātiōn- (stem of allocātiō), equivalent to allocāt(us) (see allocate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsal·lo·ca·tive, adjectivede·al·lo·ca·tion, nounre·al·lo·ca·tion, nounsub·al·lo·ca·tion, noun
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allocation

noun
  1. the act of allocating or the state of being allocated
  2. a part that is allocated; share
  3. accounting, British a system of dividing overhead expenses between the various departments of a business
  4. social welfare (in a Social Services Department) the process of assigning referrals to individual workers, thus changing their status to cases
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Word Origin and History for allocation

n.

mid-15c., from Middle French allocacion, from Medieval Latin allocationem (nominative allocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of allocare (see allocate).

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