Definition of allocate in US English:

allocate

verb

[with object]
  • Distribute (resources or duties) for a particular purpose.

    ‘the authorities allocated 50,000 places to refugees’
    with two objects ‘he has been allocated a generous slice of the annual budget’
    • ‘He claims this has prevented vital resources being allocated to tackle the problem.’
    • ‘No doubt the tourism bosses factored all this into their spreadsheets when allocating the advertising budget.’
    • ‘Under the rules which allocate parental responsibility, the woman who gives birth to a child is in law the mother of that child.’
    • ‘As an economist, I believe in the market as an efficient mechanism for allocating resources.’
    • ‘Those given responsibilities to allocate public resources must adhere to the plan.’
    • ‘Why didn't you allocate the amount of resources necessary to earn an A in this class?’
    • ‘Economics is often described as the study of how to allocate limited resources in the face of unlimited wants.’
    • ‘By contrast, casting or drawing lots to assure fairness in allocating duties or rewards has been acceptable for millennia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, Budgets are also about allocating resources in the here and now to deal with current problems.’
    • ‘Shortly this council will go through a budget process allocating millions of dollars to various projects.’
    • ‘The impact of disasters reflects the way societies choose their priorities and allocate their resources.’
    • ‘The school principal allocates resources and allows for flexible scheduling to provide time for teacher collaboration.’
    • ‘This means the role of the market in allocating resources has been weakened.’
    • ‘Should quality of life be a relevant factor in deciding how to allocate scarce resources?’
    • ‘Every member of our society is at total liberty to allocate his or her resources wherever he or she wishes.’
    • ‘All seeds within a fruit must compete for resources allocated by the maternal plant.’
    • ‘Are we allocating our resources in the right direction, according to your estimates?’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ˈaləˌkāt//ˈæləˌkeɪt/