1. the act of allocating; apportionment.
  2. the state of being allocated.
  3. the share or portion allocated.
  4. Accounting. a system of dividing expenses and incomes among the various branches, departments, etc., of a business.


  1. the act of allocating or the state of being allocated
  2. a part that is allocated; share
  3. accounting, British a system of dividing overhead expenses between the various departments of a business
  4. social welfare (in a Social Services Department) the process of assigning referrals to individual workers, thus changing their status to cases

mid-15c., from Middle French allocacion, from Medieval Latin allocationem (nominative allocatio), noun of action from past participle stem of allocare (see allocate).

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