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[uh-lot] /əˈlɒt/
verb (used with object), allotted, allotting.
to divide or distribute by share or portion; distribute or parcel out; apportion:
to allot the available farmland among the settlers.
to appropriate for a special purpose:
to allot money for a park.
to assign as a portion; set apart; dedicate.
Origin of allot
late Middle English
1425-75; earlier alot, late Middle English alotten < Middle French aloter, equivalent to a- a-5 + lot lot (< Germanic) + -er infinitive suffix
Related forms
allottable, adjective
allotter, noun
misallot, verb (used with object), misallotted, misallotting.
preallot, verb (used with object), preallotted, preallotting.
reallot, verb (used with object), reallotted, reallotting.
unallotted, adjective
well-allotted, adjective
Can be confused
a lot, allot.
1. See assign. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for allot
  • Ben will allot them each a fortress within this small kingdom, and then the game can begin.
  • Instead of giving cash to local operators on trafficking routes, they would allot them a share of the shipment.
  • Intent and effort toward holistic living is more important than trying to allot equal time to different parts of life.
  • You can even allot more bandwidth to movie files so the picture won't stutter.
  • The count is used to carve out House districts and allot government money for roads and other programs.
  • What he sees in short supply is the time that most people allot to accomplishing something worthwhile.
  • Most allot chunks of time to endurance activities such as walking, jogging and biking, and they also strength-train.
  • Not every museum has space the size of a football field to allot to a one-person show.
  • In each case, that was as much time as the candidates would allot.
  • In the past -- at least during deliberations -- the jury management office would allot $6 a day for food.
British Dictionary definitions for allot


verb (transitive) -lots, -lotting, -lotted
to assign or distribute (shares, etc)
to designate for a particular purpose: money was allotted to cover expenses
(foll by to) apportion: we allotted two hours to the case
Word Origin
C16: from Old French aloter, from lot portion, lot
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Word Origin and History for allot

late 15c., from Old French aloter (Modern French allotir) "to divide by lots, to divide into lots," from à "to" (see ad-) + loter "lot," a word of Germanic origin (cf. Gothic hlauts, Old High German hloz, Old English hlot; see lot). Related: Allotted; allotting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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