Definition of "allocate" [al•lo•cate]

  • To set apart for a special purpose; designate: allocate a room to be used for storage. (verb-transitive)
  • To distribute according to a plan; allot: allocate rations for a week-long camping trip. (verb-transitive)
  • To assign or allot for a particular purpose (verb)

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Use "allocate" in a sentence
  • "M 42.4 and then they go on to 'allocate' undecideds, by giving Obama 4%, McCain 2%."
  • "Clinton and Obama have rejected calls from utilities and other businesses to "allocate" the initial polluting rights based on a company's current emissions."
  • "An organization with a captive market could "allocate" its cost to another in the form of a "price" that the agency charged cannot control."