allocate


allocate
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 LOCATE (Cf. locate)). Related: Allocated; allocating.

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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 — 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