AskDefine | Define allocate

Dictionary Definition

allocate v : distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose; "I am allocating a loaf of bread to everyone on a daily basis"; "I'm allocating the rations for the camping trip" [syn: apportion]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Vulgar Latin allocare, from ad-, "to", + locus, "place".


  1. To set aside for a purpose
  2. To distribute according to a plan


to set aside for a purpose
  • Finnish: varata, allokoida
  • Japanese: 取り置く(とりおく, torioku)
to distribute according to a plan
  • Finnish: jakaa
  • Japanese: 配置する (はいちする, haichisuru)

Extensive Definition

Allocation may refer to:
allocate in German: Allokation
allocate in Spanish: Asignación
allocate in French: Allocation
allocate in Korean: 할당
allocate in Finnish: Allokaatio

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

align, allot, allow, appoint, apportion, appropriate to, array, assign, assign to, collocate, compose, deal, deal out, deploy, destine, detail, dispose, distribute, earmark, emplace, fate, fix, get a fix, give, home in on, install, line, line up, localize, locate, lot, make assignments, mark off, mark out for, marshal, mete out, navigate, ordain, parcel out, pin down, pinpoint, place, portion off, position, put in place, rally, range, regiment, reserve, restrict, restrict to, schedule, set, set apart, set aside, set off, set out, situate, space, spot, tag, triangulate, zero in on
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