In the software we're developing, the user can 'allocate' a task to a person or group. Correspondingly he may also take a task away from them.

What word should we use: unallocate the task or deallocate it?

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Although you in general allocate a resource and assign a task (unless said task is to be treated as a resource, say, helpdesk tasked with resolving that person's troubleshooting ticket).

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You can also free or release an allocated resource (and correspondingly, unassign a task).

  • So am I right to infer from what you say that one allocates a resource to a task, and that a task is assigned to a resource? – Phil Parry Oct 14 '13 at 14:12
  • @PhilParry: Yes, in case the resource can be a subject - be active, perform the task. A task can be assigned to CPU#3 and committed to RAM at address X. (CPU is an active resource performing the task. RAM merely contains its data.) In this case though both RAM and CPU are allocated for the task. By the way, don't allocate people. This is terribly dehumanizing. – SF. Oct 14 '13 at 14:18

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