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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those given responsibilities to allocate public resources must adhere to the plan.’
    • ‘No doubt the tourism bosses factored all this into their spreadsheets when allocating the advertising budget.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why didn't you allocate the amount of resources necessary to earn an A in this class?’
    • ‘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 impact of disasters reflects the way societies choose their priorities and allocate their resources.’
    • ‘Are we allocating our resources in the right direction, according to your estimates?’
    • ‘He claims this has prevented vital resources being allocated to tackle the problem.’
    • ‘The school principal allocates resources and allows for flexible scheduling to provide time for teacher collaboration.’
    • ‘By contrast, casting or drawing lots to assure fairness in allocating duties or rewards has been acceptable for millennia.’
    • ‘Should quality of life be a relevant factor in deciding how to allocate scarce resources?’
    • ‘Under the rules which allocate parental responsibility, the woman who gives birth to a child is in law the mother of that child.’
    • ‘All seeds within a fruit must compete for resources allocated by the maternal plant.’
    • ‘Shortly this council will go through a budget process allocating millions of dollars to various projects.’
    • ‘This means the role of the market in allocating resources has been weakened.’
    • ‘Economics is often described as the study of how to allocate limited resources in the face of unlimited wants.’
    allot, assign, issue, award, grant, administer, devote
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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/