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The word allocate and its family (allocated, allocates, allocating, allocation, allocations) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb allocate

What does allocate mean as a doing word?

Allocate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: allocated | allocating | allocates

  1. distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
    • examples: They allocate the money to them | They allocate them the money
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Theme]I promised somebody my time
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I promised my house (to somebody)
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Recipient]The House allocated more than $1.8 million for the pensions and expenses of former presidents
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]We offered our paycheck to her

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): advance, allot, apportion, assign, award, bequeath, cede, concede, extend, grant, guarantee, issue, leave, offer, owe, portion, promise, ration, vote, will, yield.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of allocate: apportion
    • more generic words: allot / assign / portion = give out
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb allocate


  1. To set aside for a purpose
    • To distribute according to a plan
    • [computing] To declare a section of the memory to be used by the program.

    Definition of the verb allocate for high school students

      to distribute, set aside
      • example: The Mayor allocated 30 percent of the funds for improving the town's schools.

    The verb allocate is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for allocate

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    Google previewInternal Revenue Service Tax Information Publications (2000)

    The part you must allocate is the amount it would have cost you to travel between the point where travel outside the United States begins and your nonbusiness destination and a return to the point where travel outside the United States ends.

    Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1893)

    by Walter William Skeat

    q Allocate is a doublet of allow, to assign. See Allow (1). ALLOCUTION, an address. (Lat.) Spelt adlocution by Sir G. Wheler (R.) Borrowed from Latin; with F. suffix -/ion = Lat. ace. ending -tionem. — Lat. allocutio, adlocutio, an ...

    Google previewRandom House Webster's American Sign Language Dictionary (2008)

    by Elaine Costello

    allocate all gone See signs for nothing1, run out of . alligator n. A large reptile with a broad head and powerful jaws: the alligator's teeth. Same sign used for; jaws. [Mimes action of alligator's jaws) Beginning with the fingertips and heels of both ...

    Google previewThe Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (1999)

    Volume 18 - Wireless Multiple Access Adaptive Communications Technique to Zworykin: Vladimir Kosma by Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent

    No Resources/ "Unavailable" Finish/ Allocate Wait for Response OK/ Define Channel. RC: Allocate. FIG. 24 Infrastructure state machine (RC = resource control, an agent in system control) ...

    Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

    A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

    ALLOCATE—ALLODIUM. regularly exported from the pits in the immediate neighborhood of the town. Coal is a chief item in the coasting trade, besides which there is a considerable foreign trade. More than 1,000 vessels enter the port yearly, ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1979)

    Volume 12 - Pattern Recognition: Structural Description Languages to Reliability of Computer Systems by Jack Belzer, Albert G. Holzman, Allen Kent

    Allocation in Areas A based variable can be allocated in a specified area, as in the following example : DECLARE BV FIXED BASED(P); DECLARE A AREA(200 ); ALLOCATE BV IN (A); Since BV has been allocated in A, the OFFSET built-in ...

    Google previewEncyclopaedia of Higher Education: Committees and commissions (2005)

    by Suresh Kant Sharma

    allocate and ...

    Google previewDictionary of Confusable Words (2000)

    by Adrian Room

    allocate/allot To allocate something is to set aside or 'earmark' part of something for a particular purpose: 'Doctors were allocated parking spaces near the hospital entrances/ To allot something is to give it on the understanding that it is ...

    Google previewDICTIONARY OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC TERMS, 5th ed. (2007)

    For example, DEPRECIATION accounting attempts to allocate the cost of a WASTING ASSET over its estimated useful life. ALLOCATED BENEFITS payments in a DEFINED-BENEFIT PENSION PLAN. Benefits are allocated to the pension plan ...

    Google previewEncyclopedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Technologies (2008)

    by Adam, Frederic

    The customer traffic varies with the season and day of week: a sudden rain may create unpredictable traffic flow, and in this case, the business needs a way to monitor and dynamically allocate resources to the right location to manage the extra ...

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    Usage statistics about allocate

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    Allocate Meaning

    Video shows what allocate means. To set aside for a purpose. To distribute according to a plan, generally followed by the adposition "to". To declare a section of ...

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    A healthy and fully functioning society must allocate its resources among a variety of competing interests, all of which are more or less valid but none of which should take precedence over national security. (Herman Kahn)
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    Scrabble value of A1L1L1O1C3A1T1E1

    The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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