Definition of deallocate in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˈaləˌkāt/

Entry from US English dictionary


[with object]
Computing Return (allocated memory) to the store of available RAM.
Example sentences
  • In this model logical resources will be dynamically allocated and deallocated to applications and users based on policies that operate on both a scheduled basis and according to fluctuating demand.
  • Any global variables you create when working with an Office application must also be deallocated when the application unloads.
  • This means that this deallocated space is available for use when new data is written to the disk.



Pronunciation: /dēˌaləˈkāSHən/
Example sentences
  • These capabilities allow better tracking of memory allocation and deallocation calls.
  • The operating system needs to provide support for fair allocation, deallocation, and sharing of memory among resource containers.
  • In C and C++, a fair amount of design and programming work must be spent on memory allocation and deallocation schemes.

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Syllabification: de·al·lo·cate

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