Definition of allocate in English:

allocate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Distribute (resources or duties) for a particular purpose:

    ‘in past years we didn't allocate enough funds to infrastructure maintenance’
    [with two objects] ‘students are allocated accommodation on a yearly basis’
    • ‘Shortly this council will go through a budget process allocating millions of dollars to various projects.’
    • ‘The school principal allocates resources and allows for flexible scheduling to provide time for teacher collaboration.’
    • ‘Of course, Budgets are also about allocating resources in the here and now to deal with current problems.’
    • ‘The budget specifically allocates a six per cent increase (over two years) for teachers' salaries.’
    • ‘Why didn't you allocate the amount of resources necessary to earn an A in this class?’
    • ‘All seeds within a fruit must compete for resources allocated by the maternal plant.’
    • ‘Should quality of life be a relevant factor in deciding how to allocate scarce resources?’
    • ‘When the central government allocates resources, it does so on the basis of what the prisons can do for themselves, bearing in mind their access to raw materials and markets.’
    • ‘No doubt the tourism bosses factored all this into their spreadsheets when allocating the advertising budget.’
    • ‘Those given responsibilities to allocate public resources must adhere to the plan.’
    • ‘Are we allocating our resources in the right direction, according to your estimates?’
    • ‘This means the role of the market in allocating resources has been weakened.’
    • ‘Under the rules which allocate parental responsibility, the woman who gives birth to a child is in law the mother of that child.’
    • ‘The impact of disasters reflects the way societies choose their priorities and allocate their resources.’
    • ‘By contrast, casting or drawing lots to assure fairness in allocating duties or rewards has been acceptable for millennia.’
    • ‘Every member of our society is at total liberty to allocate his or her resources wherever he or she wishes.’
    • ‘As an economist, I believe in the market as an efficient mechanism for allocating resources.’
    • ‘The state acts best when it takes the role of a caring parent, balancing the needs of all its children and allocating its resources accordingly.’
    • ‘Economics is often described as the study of how to allocate limited resources in the face of unlimited wants.’
    • ‘He claims this has prevented vital resources being allocated to tackle the problem.’
    allot, assign, issue, award, grant, administer, devote
    share out, apportion, portion out, distribute, hand out, deal out, dole out, give out, parcel out, ration out, divide out, divide up, dispense, measure out, mete out
    earmark for, designate for, set aside for, appropriate for, budget for
    divvy up, dish out
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin allocat- allotted, from the verb allocare, from ad- to + locare (see locate).

Pronunciation:

allocate

/ˈaləkeɪt/