allocate

allocate
transitive verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Medieval Latin allocatus, past participle of allocare, from Latin ad- + locare to place, from locus place — more at stall Date: circa 1641 1. to apportion for a specific purpose or to particular persons or things ; distribute <
allocate tasks among human and automated components
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2. to set apart or earmark ; designate <
allocate a section of the building for special research purposes
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allocatable adjectiveallocation nounallocator noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • allocate — al‧lo‧cate [ˈæləkeɪt] verb [transitive] 1. COMMERCE to decide officially that a particular amount of money, time etc should be used for a particular purpose: allocate something for something • The company has allocated funds for the design of… …   Financial and business terms

  • allocate — (v.) 1630s, from verbal used of adjective allocate (mid 15c. in legal use), from M.L. allocate (the common first word of writs authorizing payment), imperative plural of allocare allocate, from L. ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + locare to place (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • allocate — I verb administer, allot, appoint, apportion, appropriate, arrange, assign, assort, cast, class, classify, collocate, consign, deal, deal out, designate, destine, detail, dispense, disperse, dispose, distribute, divide, divide and bestow in… …   Law dictionary

  • allocate — [al′ō kāt΄, al′əkāt΄] vt. allocated, allocating [< ML allocatus, pp. of allocare < L ad , to + locare, to place < locus: see LOCUS] 1. to set apart for a specific purpose [to allocate funds for housing] 2. to distribute in shares or… …   English World dictionary

  • Allocate — Al lo*cate, v. t. [LL. allocatus, p. p. of allocare, fr. L. ad + locare to place. See {Allow}.] 1. To distribute or assign; to allot. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. To localize. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • allocate —   [engl.], zuweisen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • allocate — *allot, assign, apportion Analogous words: *distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole: *grant, accord, award Contrasted words: withhold, detain, retain, hold, hold back, *keep …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • allocate — [v] assign; divide among admeasure, allot, apportion, appropriate, budget, cut, designate, dish out*, divvy*, earmark, give, mete, set aside, share, slice; concepts 41,98,108,129 Ant. keep, keep together …   New thesaurus

  • allocate — ► VERB ▪ assign or distribute to. DERIVATIVES allocable adjective allocation noun allocative adjective allocator noun. ORIGIN Latin allocare …   English terms dictionary

  • allocate */ — UK [ˈæləkeɪt] / US [ˈæləˌkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms allocate : present tense I/you/we/they allocate he/she/it allocates present participle allocating past tense allocated past participle allocated to officially give something to someone,… …   English dictionary

  • allocate — al|lo|cate [ ælə,keıt ] verb transitive * to officially give something to someone, or decide that something can be used for a specific purpose: Our task is to decide the best way to allocate scarce resources. No agreement was reached on how much… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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