[ al-uh-keyt ]
/ ˈæl əˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), al·lo·cat·ed, al·lo·cat·ing.

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

1630–40; <Medieval Latin allocātus (past participle of allocāre), equivalent to al-al- + loc(us) place + -ātus-ate1

synonym study for allocate

1. See assign.


al·lo·ca·tor, nounde·al·lo·cate, verb (used with object), de·al·lo·cat·ed, de·al·lo·cat··al·lo·cate, verb (used with object), re·al·lo·cat·ed, re·al·lo·cat·ing.un·al·lo·cat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for allocate

/ (ˈæləˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to assign or allot for a particular purpose
a less common word for locate (def. 2)

Derived forms of allocate

allocatable, adjective

Word Origin for allocate

C17: from Medieval Latin allocāre, from Latin locāre to place, from locus a place
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