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From Vulgar Latin allocare, from ad- ‎(to) + locus ‎(place), plus Latinate English suffix +‎ -ate. Compare allocable, without the -ate.

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

  1. To set aside for a purpose
  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 set aside (as above), but specifically used to refer to the practice of making memory available within a computer program.

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