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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 allotted
  • Daily delegate totals reflect all delegates allotted to the state, even though some may not pledge their vote until a later date.
  • Some are even allotted a certain number of working days each year during which to pursue research.
  • The position allotted to each pulse in the circuit signifies the digit it represents.
  • Set the bucket in the allotted spot, then add equal parts green and brown organic materials.
  • It's always sad to find a dead bee, but the sad fact of bee life is that a worker bee's allotted time is short.
  • They should have gone right off the page instead of taking up the puny amount of space allotted.
  • Some have refused to pay for shares they were allotted.
  • Then time is allotted for any member of the faculty to offer an opinion on that candidate.
  • He stayed past his allotted time signing autographs and posing for snapshots.
  • If a dog doesn't eat within the allotted time, the food comes up until next meal time.
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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