[al-uh-key-shuh n]


the act of allocating; apportionment.
the state of being allocated.
the share or portion allocated.
Accounting. a system of dividing expenses and incomes among the various branches, departments, etc., of a business.

Nearby words

  1. alloantigen,
  2. allobarbital,
  3. allobaric,
  4. allocable,
  5. allocate,
  6. allocheiria,
  7. allocher,
  8. allochromasia,
  9. allochromatic,
  10. allochthon

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for allocative



the act of allocating or the state of being allocated
a part that is allocated; share
accounting, British a system of dividing overhead expenses between the various departments of a business
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 allocative



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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