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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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  • I had not made above a dozen turns upon my allotted bounds, when the same sounds fell upon my ears, but much more distinct.

  • To Billy Brue was allotted the easiest as being the most probable route.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Baptiste Verenne and the drivers arose, taking the allotted portion of thawed whitefish.

  • But she had allotted their rooms well, and they approved her judgment.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • In 1503 Botticelli was one of the artists consulted as to the position which should be allotted to the great sculptor's "David."

    Botticelli Henry Bryan Binns
British Dictionary definitions for allotted


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 allotted



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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