Verb allocate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


allocate (third-person singular simple present allocates, present participle allocating, simple past and past participle allocated)

  1. To set aside for a purpose
  2. To distribute according to a plan, generally followed by the adposition "to"
  3. (computing) To set aside (as above), but specifically used to refer to the practice of making memory available within a computer program.

More definition: set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot, to allocate funds for new projects. fix the place of; locate.

1. to assign or allot for a particular purpose

2. a less common word for locate (sense 2) Derived Formsallocatable, adjective Word OriginC17, from Medieval Latin allocāre, from Latin locāre to place, from locus a placeCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


We allocate scarce resources by pricing them.

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