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[al-uh-keyt]
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verb (used with object), al·lo·cat·ed, al·lo·cat·ing.
  1. to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot: to allocate funds for new projects.
  2. to fix the place of; locate.
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Origin of allocate

1630–40; < Medieval Latin allocātus (past participle of allocāre), equivalent to al- al- + loc(us) place + -ātus -ate1
Related formsal·lo·ca·tor, nounde·al·lo·cate, verb (used with object), de·al·lo·cat·ed, de·al·lo·cat·ing.re·al·lo·cate, verb (used with object), re·al·lo·cat·ed, re·al·lo·cat·ing.un·al·lo·cat·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See assign.
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allocate

verb (tr)
  1. to assign or allot for a particular purpose
  2. a less common word for locate (def. 2)
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Derived Formsallocatable, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin allocāre, from Latin locāre to place, from locus a place
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Word Origin and History for allocate

v.

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.

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