a lot

[uh lot]
lot ( def 14 ).
lot ( def 21 ).
a lot, allot.

As a noun and adverb, a lot is frequently misspelled as alot.
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a lot

Very many, a large number; also, very much. For example, A lot of people think the economy is declining, or Sad movies always made her cry a lot. It is sometimes put as a whole lot for greater emphasis, as in I learned a whole lot in his class. It may also emphasize a comparative indication of amount, as in We need a whole lot more pizza to feed everyone, or Mary had a lot less nerve than I expected. [Colloquial; early 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
In my last week in the apartment, I spent a lot of time packing and watching.
There were a lot of things in the office.
At the same time, a lot of planting was going on.
Suites are great, but sitting closer to the action is a lot better as a sports
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