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allocate

al·lo·cate

allocate

 
pronunciation:
ae l keIt
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: allocated, allocates, allocating
definition 1: to assign or set aside (money or other resources) for some specific use.
The rest of the funds have been allocated to the building project and cannot be used for other purposes.An equal amount of space in the gallery has been allocated for each artist.
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synonyms:
allot, allow, appropriate, assign, earmark
similar words:
designate, ration, reserve, specify
definition 2: to give out according to a plan; distribute by lot.
As he had requested in his will, his money was allocated to various charities.
synonyms:
allot, apportion, dispense, distribute, divide, mete out, parcel out, share
similar words:
assign, deliver, disperse, disseminate, dole, impart, portion
derivation: allocation (n.)
Word Parts
The word allocate contains the following parts:
al- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix al- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with the letter "l," such as "loc" and "leg." See ad-.
loc Latin root that means place
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).