deallocate

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Etymology[edit]

de- +‎ allocate

Verb[edit]

deallocate (third-person singular simple present deallocates, present participle deallocating, simple past and past participle deallocated)

  1. (transitive) To remove from the set of resources put aside for (allocated to) a particular user or purpose.
    Empty out your locker; it will be deallocated at the end of the day.
    Computer programs should deallocate memory they no longer need, releasing it back to the system.

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