English edit

Etymology edit

From Medieval Latin allocāte, imperative of Latin allocāre, from ad- (to) + locus (place).[1]

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈæl.ə.keɪt/, enPR: ăl'ə-kāt
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Verb edit

allocate (third-person singular simple present allocates, present participle allocating, simple past and past participle allocated)

  1. To set aside for a purpose.
    Synonyms: appropriate, earmark; see also Thesaurus:set apart
    Please do not eat the meringue, as it is allocated for the dinner party tomorrow.
    • 2024 January 10, Chris Gilson, “RAIL's famous five...”, in RAIL, number 1000, page 27:
      By March 1994, it had moved to Cardiff Canton, and was still allocated there when its nameplates were taken off in March 1997.
  2. To distribute according to a plan, generally followed by the adposition to.
    The bulk of K–12 education funds are allocated to school districts that in turn pay for the cost of operating schools.
  3. (computing) To reserve a portion of memory for use by a computer program.
    Antonyms: free, deallocate
    • 2011, José M. Garrido, Richard Schlesinger, Kenneth Hoganson, Principles of Modern Operating Systems, 2nd edition, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, →ISBN, page 264:
      The memory manager allocates memory to requesting processes until there is no more memory available or until there are no more processes waiting for memory.

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References edit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “allocate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Italian edit

Etymology 1 edit

Verb edit


  1. inflection of allocare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2 edit

Participle edit

allocate f pl

  1. feminine plural of allocato

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Latin edit

Verb edit


  1. second-person plural present active imperative of allocō