from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To set apart for a special purpose; designate: allocate a room to be used for storage.
- transitive v. To distribute according to a plan; allot: allocate rations for a week-long camping trip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To set aside for a purpose
- v. To distribute according to a plan
- v. To declare a section of the memory to be used by the program.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To distribute or assign; to allot.
- transitive v. To localize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To assign or allot; set apart for a particular purpose; distribute: as, to allocate shares in a public company.
- To fix the place of; locate; localize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
Medieval Latin allocāre, allocāt- : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin locāre, to place (from locus, place).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Vulgar Latin allocare, from ad- ("to") + locus ("place"), plus Latinate English suffix + -ate. Compare allocable, without the -ate. (Wiktionary)