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a lot

[uh lot] /ə ˈlɒt/
lot (def 14).
lot (def 21).
Can be confused
a lot, allot.
Usage note
As a noun and adverb, a lot is frequently misspelled as alot. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for a lot
  • 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 fan.
  • We could've gone a lot faster.
  • It won't be perfect, but it will be a lot better.
  • We hear kids aren't cheap, and they stay that way, so she didn't want to spend a lot.
  • Not to mention that you have to weed around those things and end up getting poked a lot, too.
  • We've spent a lot of time with our chickens, and we're pretty sure that they don't recognize us.
  • So even if it has twice that many in distribution, that is a lot of e-book buying by a small number of people.
Idioms and Phrases with a lot

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. [ ; early 1800s ]
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