Definitions for allocateˈæl əˌkeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•lo•cate*ˈæl əˌkeɪt(v.t.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing.

  1. to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot:

    to allocate space for storage.

* Syn: See assign.

Origin of allocate:

1630–40; < ML allocātus, ptp. of allocāre to stow = L al-al - +locāre to place; see locate


Princeton's WordNet

  1. allocate, apportion(verb)

    distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

    "I am allocating a loaf of bread to everyone on a daily basis"; "I'm allocating the rations for the camping trip"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. allocate(verb)ˈæl əˌkeɪt

    to decide which resource will be used for a particular purpose

    They allocated $300 for books for each student.; the allocation of funds


  1. allocate(Verb)

    To set aside for a purpose

  2. allocate(Verb)

    To distribute according to a plan

  3. allocate(Verb)

    To declare a section of the memory to be used by the program.

  4. Origin: From allocare, from ad- + locus, plus Latinate English suffix . Compare allocable, without the -ate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allocate(verb)

    to distribute or assign; to allot

  2. Allocate(verb)

    to localize

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'allocate' in Verbs Frequency: #620

Translations for allocate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give (to someone) for his own use

He allocated a room to each student.

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