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"allocate" in British English

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allocateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈæl.ə.keɪt/
C1 to give something to someone as ​theirshare of a ​totalamount, to use in a ​particular way: The ​government is allocating £10 million forhealtheducation. [+ two objects] As ​projectleader, you will have to allocate ​peoplejobs/allocate ​jobs topeople. It is not the ​job of the ​investigatingcommittee to allocate ​blame for the ​disaster/to allocate ​blame toindividuals.

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allocation
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌæl.əˈkeɪ.ʃən/
C2 the allocation of ​resources/​funds/​time
(Definition of allocate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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allocateverb [T]

 us   /ˈæl·əˌkeɪt/
to give something as a ​share of a ​totalamount: Statefunds will not be allocated to the ​program next ​year.
(Definition of allocate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"allocate" in Business English

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allocateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈæləkeɪt/
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 ​advertisingbudget to ​newspaperads.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 ​parvalue 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 ​salesforce.allocate sth to sb Federal ​agencies are ​required to set ​goals for allocating a ​certainpercentage of ​jobs to ​smallcompanies.
ACCOUNTING to decide where to put a particular ​cost or ​amount in a company's ​accounts: allocate sth to sth The ​initialamounts received from ​customers or ​subscribers should be allocated to two ​liabilityaccounts.
(Definition of allocate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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