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ˌæl əˈkeɪ ʃənal·lo·ca·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. allotment, allocation(noun)

    a share set aside for a specific purpose

  2. allotment, apportionment, apportioning, allocation, parceling, parcelling, assignation(noun)

    the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan

    "the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state"

  3. allocation, storage allocation(noun)

    (computer science) the assignment of particular areas of a magnetic disk to particular data or instructions


  1. allocation(Noun)

    The process or procedure for allocating things, especially money or other resources.

    The allocation of new permits is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Etymology: From allocacion, from allocatio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allocation(noun)

    the act of putting one thing to another; a placing; disposition; arrangement

    Etymology: [LL. allocatio: cf. F. allocation.]

  2. Allocation(noun)

    an allotment or apportionment; as, an allocation of shares in a company

    Etymology: [LL. allocatio: cf. F. allocation.]

  3. Allocation(noun)

    the admission of an item in an account, or an allowance made upon an account; -- a term used in the English exchequer

    Etymology: [LL. allocatio: cf. F. allocation.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. allocation

    In a general sense, distribution for employment of limited forces and resources among competing requirements. Specific allocations (e.g., air sorties, nuclear weapons, forces, and transportation) are described as allocation of air sorties, nuclear weapons, etc. See also allocation (nuclear); apportionment.

Editors Contribution

  1. allocation

    The act and process of to allocate.

    Government allocation of public money for local, regional and national purposes is necessary to ensure the continued sustainability of humanity.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'allocation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2864

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'allocation' in Nouns Frequency: #1664

How to pronounce allocation?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of allocation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of allocation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of allocation in a Sentence

  1. Sanja Bornman:

    It is not the cultural practice that is the problem here; it is the allocation of state funds on the basis of girls' sexuality that violates the constitutional protection to equality, dignity and privacy.

  2. Richard Grossman:

    With the increase in shareholder activism, one effect of this kind of director engagement is the ability to get a feel for nascent shareholder unhappiness, are they unhappy with the direction of the company...or with capital allocation? It’s a way for board members to get direct and unfiltered views from shareholders.

  3. Kurt Tidd:

    It's a question of resources and the allocation of resources and priorities across all of the threats the country faces.

  4. David Lai:

    People are a bit cautious on emerging markets but if the interest rate divergence continues ... structurally the allocation to emerging markets will go up.

  5. Douglas White:

    But the only thing worse than developing a clear allocation framework is not developing one, because then decisions made during a crisis will be biased and arbitrary.

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