What is the difference between Relocate and Reallocate?

The difference between relocate and reallocate

is that "relocate" is to move from one place to another and "reallocate" is to allocate to another person or purpose.




  • (transitive) to move (something) from one place to another.
  • (intransitive) to change one’s domicile or place of business.


  • We had to relocate the magazine rack because we bruised our shins on it too frequently when it was near the door.
  • Alfred relocated to Colorado Springs to take advantage of the boom in the defense industry.
  • On ‘prosperity re-distribution’, it ignores the prospect that businesses may relocate to be near HS2 stations. So never mind the observable phenomenon of major businesses relocating to Birmingham, with a veritable rash of private sector investment.


  • (transitive) To allocate (a resource) to another person or purpose.
  • (transitive) To allocate again.


  • I want to reallocate some of my money from stocks to bonds.
  • Appending items one at a time is still a better deal than concatenation, which reallocates every time.