1 the act of allocating or the state of being allocated
2 a part that is allocated; share
3 (Accounting) (Brit) 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
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