allocate - definition and synonyms

 
verb [transitive] 

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/ˈæləkeɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyallocate
he/she/itallocates
present participleallocating
past tenseallocated
past participleallocated
  1. to officially give something to someone, or to decide that something can be used for a specific purpose

    Our task is to decide the best way to allocate scarce resources.

    No agreement was reached on how much money should be allocated.

    allocate someone something:

    We allocate each student a personal tutor.

    allocate something to someone/something:

    The committee allocates funds to universities.

    allocate something for something:

    We’re not saying that these sites should be allocated for development.