verb (used with object), al·lo·cat·ed, al·lo·cat·ing.
Origin of allocate
Examples from the Web for allocate
Also, our house will be paid off so we can allocate those savings to other investments.
And we can talk about whether we want to allocate fewer resources to the aged.
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.
Why allocate education dollars to a community perceived to be off the charts with spelling-bee winners and academic scholars?
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|Ben Jacobs|March 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was accordingly arranged to allocate yards or separate sections of yards, so that one class of tonnage only would be produced.
Some will have two, some three, some a number of members; and on what system will you allocate the members to these divisions?Liberalism and the Social Problem|Winston Spencer Churchill
My specimens also showed these intermediate tendencies and I am unable at present to allocate the specimens to subspecies.Birds from North Borneo|Max C. Thompson
Adaptability results from diversity; so does the ability to allocate resources within the dynamic community.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
And we have been able to allocate all the haloes so far investigated to one or the other of the known radioactive families.The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays|J. (John) Joly
British Dictionary definitions for allocate
Word Origin for allocate
Word Origin and History for allocate
1630s, from verbal used of adjective allocate (mid-15c. in legal use), from Medieval Latin allocate (the common first word of writs authorizing payment), imperative plural of allocare "allocate," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + locare "to place" (see locate). Related: Allocated; allocating.