allocate

[ 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
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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British Dictionary definitions for reallocate (1 of 2)

reallocate

/ (riːˈæləkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to assign or allot to a different purpose or person from the one originally intended
Derived Formsreallocation, noun

British Dictionary definitions for reallocate (2 of 2)

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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Word Origin and History for reallocate

allocate


v.

1630s, from verbal used of adjective allocate (mid-15c. in legal use), from Medieval Latin allocate (the common first word of writs authorizing payment), imperative plural of allocare "allocate," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + locare "to place" (see locate). Related: Allocated; allocating.

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