Definition of allocation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌæləˈkeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæləˈkeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable] an amount of money, space, etc. that is given to somebody for a particular purpose We have spent our entire allocation for the year.
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of giving something to somebody for a particular purpose the allocation of food to those who need it most
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin allocatio(n-), from the verb allocare, from ad- ‘to’ + locare, from locus ‘place’. Extra examplesThe allocation must be made according to a strict set of criteria. The charity is trying to get its allocation increased for next year. The school gave them a generous allocation of money with which to purchase books. The project was financed by an allocation of funds from the National Lottery.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: allocation