allocate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin allocāte, imperative of Latin allocāre, from ad- (to) + locus (place).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈæl.ə.keɪt/, enPR: ăl'ə-kāt
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

allocate (third-person singular simple present allocates, present participle allocating, simple past and past participle allocated)

  1. To set aside for a purpose.
    Synonyms: appropriate, earmark; see also Thesaurus:set apart
    Please do not eat the meringue, as it is allocated for the dinner party tomorrow.
  2. To distribute according to a plan, generally followed by the adposition to.
    The bulk of K–12 education funds are allocated to school districts that in turn pay for the cost of operating schools.
  3. (computing) To reserve a portion of memory for use by a computer program.
    Antonyms: free, deallocate
    • 2011, José M. Garrido; Richard Schlesinger; Kenneth Hoganson, Principles of Modern Operating Systems, 2nd edition, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, →ISBN, page 264:
      The memory manager allocates memory to requesting processes until there is no more memory available or until there are no more processes waiting for memory.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “allocate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

allocate

  1. inflection of allocare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2[edit]

Participle[edit]

allocate f pl

  1. feminine plural of allocato

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

allocāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of allocō