Definition of allocate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

allocate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈæləkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæləkeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they allocate
BrE BrE//ˈæləkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæləkeɪt//
 
he / she / it allocates
BrE BrE//ˈæləkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæləkeɪts//
 
past simple allocated
BrE BrE//ˈæləkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæləkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle allocated
BrE BrE//ˈæləkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæləkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form allocating
BrE BrE//ˈæləkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæləkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to give something officially to somebody/something for a particular purpose allocate something (for something) A large sum has been allocated for buying new books for the library. allocate something (to somebody/something) They intend to allocate more places to mature students this year. More resources are being allocated to the project. allocate somebody/something sth The project is being allocated more resources. allocate something to do something Millions have been allocated to improve students' performance. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin allocat- ‘allotted’, from the verb allocare, from ad- ‘to’ + locare, from locus ‘place’.Extra examples Millions of dollars were allocated by the government. More funds will now be allocated to charitable organizations. More money should be allocated for famine relief.
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