to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot:
to allocate funds for new projects.
to fix the place of; locate.
verb (transitive)
to assign or allot for a particular purpose
a less common word for locate (sense 2)

1630s, from verbal used of adjective allocate (mid-15c. in legal use), from Medieval Latin allocate (the common first word of writs authorizing payment), imperative plural of allocare “allocate,” from Latin ad- “to” (see ad-) + locare “to place” (see locate). Related: Allocated; allocating.


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