Origin of allocation
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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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also reallocation, 1931, noun of action from reallocate (v.).
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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