Defined in header <memory>
static pointer allocate( Alloc& a, size_type n );
(1) (since C++11)
static pointer allocate( Alloc& a, size_type n, const_void_pointer hint );
(2) (since C++11)

Uses the allocator a to allocate n*sizeof(Alloc::value_type) bytes of uninitialized storage.

1) Calls a.allocate(n)
2) Additionally passes memory locality hint hint. Calls a.allocate(n, hint) if possible. If not possible (e.g. a has no two-argument member function allocate()), calls a.allocate(n)

[edit] Parameters

a - allocator to use
n - the number of objects to allocate storage for
hint - pointer to a nearby memory location

[edit] Return value

The pointer returned by the call to a.allocate(n)

[edit] See also

allocates uninitialized storage
(public member function of std::allocator)