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.
to fix the place of; locate.

Nearby words

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

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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Examples from the Web for re-allocate

  • They re-allocate resources from (potentially or actually) productive agents to themselves.

    After the Rain|Sam Vaknin


British Dictionary definitions for re-allocate

allocate

/ (ˈæləˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for allocate

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

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