allocate al‧lo‧cate [ˈæləkeɪt] verb [transitive]
1. COMMERCE to decide officially that a particular amount of money, time etc should be used for a particular purpose:
allocate something for something

• The company has allocated funds for the design of four plants.

allocate something to something

• Directors allocated $100 million to the search for oil.

2. to decide officially that something such as a house or job should be given to a particular person:
allocate something to somebody

• Their job is to allocate homes to ordinary people.

allocate somebody something

• They allocated me a window seat at check-in.

3. ACCOUNTING to decide where a particular amount, cost, or expense should be held in a company's accounts:
allocate something to something

• The regulators did not like the way in which the company allocated expenses to its bank units.

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allocate UK US /ˈæləkeɪt/ verb [T]
to give a particular amount of time, money, etc. to someone or something, so that it can be used in a particular way: allocate sth for sth »

We have allocated €50,000 for printing and mailings.

allocate sth to sb/sth »

They allocated 3% of the advertising budget to newspaper ads.

allocate capital/funds/money »

We need to allocate capital and resources more effectively.

allocate time »

Salespeople should allocate time for work in each area of their business.

to decide officially that something should be given to a particular person: »

You will be allocated 4,566 shares at the par value of 20p each.

allocate sth among sb »

It is his job to decide how the responsibilities should be allocated among the different salespersons within the sales force.

allocate sth to sb »

Federal agencies are required to set goals for allocating a certain percentage of jobs to small companies.

ACCOUNTING to decide where to put a particular cost or amount in a company's accounts: allocate sth to sth »

The initial amounts received from customers or subscribers should be allocated to two liability accounts.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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