Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To set apart for a special purpose; designate.
  • transitive verb To distribute according to a plan; allot.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To assign or allot; set apart for a particular purpose; distribute: as, to allocate shares in a public company.
  • To fix the place of; locate; localize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To distribute or assign; to allot.
  • transitive verb rare To localize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To set aside for a purpose
  • verb To distribute according to a plan
  • verb computing To declare a section of the memory to be used by the program.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Medieval Latin allocāre, allocāt- : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin locāre, to place (from locus, place).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Vulgar Latin allocare, from ad- ("to") + locus ("place"), plus Latinate English suffix +‎ -ate. Compare allocable, without the -ate.

Examples

  • M 42.4 and then they go on to 'allocate' undecideds, by giving Obama 4%, McCain 2%.

    Final Marist Poll: Obama 52%, McCain 43%

  • Clinton and Obama have rejected calls from utilities and other businesses to "allocate" the initial polluting rights based on a company's current emissions.

    Next President Needs to Uncap

  • An organization with a captive market could "allocate" its cost to another in the form of a "price" that the agency charged cannot control.

    Npr Monograph On Financial Management Part B

  • An organization with a captive market could "allocate" its cost to another in the form of a "price" that the agency charged cannot control.

    Npr Monograph On Financial Management Part A

  • This nuance seemed to add considerably to the picture of Northern Ireland's population (though NISRA used some slightly questionable methodologies to 'allocate' those who resisted allocation).

    Irish Blogs

  • This nuance seemed to add considerably to the picture of Northern Ireland's population (though NISRA used some slightly questionable methodologies to 'allocate' those who resisted allocation).

    Irish Blogs

  • Only the garbage collector can "allocate" objects in generation 1 (by promoting survivors from generation 0) and generation 2 (by promoting survivors from generations 1 and 2).

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  • Only the garbage collector can "allocate" objects in generation 1 (by promoting survivors from generation 0) and generation 2 (by promoting survivors from generations 1 and 2).

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  • CASE IN POINT Obama tapped VP Joe Biden to "allocate" the stimulus $$trillions.

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  • CASE IN POINT Obama tapped VP Joe Biden to "allocate" the stimulus $$trillions.

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