Definition of allocate in 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shortly this council will go through a budget process allocating millions of dollars to various projects.’
    • ‘Are we allocating our resources in the right direction, according to your estimates?’
    • ‘Should quality of life be a relevant factor in deciding how to allocate scarce resources?’
    • ‘Of course, Budgets are also about allocating resources in the here and now to deal with current problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By contrast, casting or drawing lots to assure fairness in allocating duties or rewards has been acceptable for millennia.’
    • ‘Why didn't you allocate the amount of resources necessary to earn an A in this class?’
    • ‘The school principal allocates resources and allows for flexible scheduling to provide time for teacher collaboration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This means the role of the market in allocating resources has been weakened.’
    • ‘Those given responsibilities to allocate public resources must adhere to the plan.’
    • ‘Every member of our society is at total liberty to allocate his or her resources wherever he or she wishes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The impact of disasters reflects the way societies choose their priorities and allocate their resources.’
    • ‘All seeds within a fruit must compete for resources allocated by the maternal plant.’
    • ‘No doubt the tourism bosses factored all this into their spreadsheets when allocating the advertising budget.’
    • ‘The budget specifically allocates a six per cent increase (over two years) for teachers' salaries.’
    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

/ˈaləˌkāt/