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allocate

[ al-uh-keyt ]
/ ˈæl əˌkeɪt /
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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.

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Origin of allocate

First recorded in 1630–40; from Medieval Latin allocātus (past participle of allocāre ), equivalent to al- al- + loc(us) “place” + -ātus -ate1

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See assign.

OTHER WORDS FROM allocate

al·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.
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British Dictionary definitions for allocate

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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