I. verb — [with obj.] 1. distribute (resources or duties) for a particular purpose • in past years we didn’t allocate enough funds to infrastructure maintenance
• [with two objs]
students are allocated accommodation on a yearly basis.
II. derivatives 1. allocable /ˈaləkəb(ə)l / adjective
2. allocator noun
– origin mid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin allocat- ‘allotted’, from the verb allocare, from ad- ‘to’ + locare (see locate).