Allocate vs. Appropriate

Allocate vs. Appropriate — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Allocate and Appropriate

Allocateverb

To set apart for a special purpose; designate

allocate a room to be used for storage.

Appropriateadjective

Suitable for a particular person, condition, occasion, or place; fitting.

Allocateverb

To distribute according to a plan; allot

allocate rations for a week-long camping trip.

Appropriateverb

To set apart for a specific use

appropriating funds for education.

Allocateverb

To set aside for a purpose.

Appropriateverb

To take possession of or make use of exclusively for oneself, often without permission

My coworker appropriated my unread newspaper.

Allocateverb

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.

Appropriateadjective

Suitable or fit; proper.

The headmaster wondered what an appropriate measure would be to make the pupil behave better.

Allocateverb

(computing) To reserve a portion of memory for use by a computer program.

Appropriateadjective

Suitable to the social situation or to social respect or social discreetness; socially correct; socially discreet; well-mannered; proper.

I don't think it was appropriate for the cashier to tell me out loud in front of all those people at the check-out that my hair-piece looked like it was falling out of place.While it is not considered appropriate for a professor to date his student, there is no such concern once the semester has ended.

Allocateverb

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose;

I am allocating a loaf of bread to everyone on a daily basisI'm allocating the rations for the camping trip

Appropriateadjective

(obsolete) Set apart for a particular use or person; reserved.

Appropriateverb

To make suitable; to suit.

Appropriateverb

(transitive) To take to oneself; to claim or use, especially as by an exclusive right.

Let no man appropriate the use of a common benefit.

Appropriateverb

(transitive) To set apart for, or assign to, a particular person or use, especially in exclusion of all others; with to or for.

A spot of ground is appropriated for a garden.to appropriate money for the increase of the navy

Appropriateverb

To annex (for example a benefice, to a spiritual corporation, as its property).

Appropriateverb

give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause;

I will earmark this money for your research

Appropriateverb

take possession of by force, as after an invasion;

the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitantsThe army seized the townThe militia captured the castle

Appropriateadjective

suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc;

a book not appropriate for childrena funeral conducted the appropriate solemnityit seems that an apology is appropriate

Appropriateadjective

appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness

Appropriateadjective

meant or adapted for an occasion or use;

a tractor suitable (or fit) for heavy dutynot an appropriate (or fit) time for flippancy

Appropriateadjective

suitable and fitting;

the tailored clothes were harmonious with her military bearing

Appropriateadjective

being of striking appropriateness and pertinence;

the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal imagesan apt reply