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allot

[uh-lot] /əˈlɒt/
verb (used with object), allotted, allotting.
1.
to divide or distribute by share or portion; distribute or parcel out; apportion:
to allot the available farmland among the settlers.
2.
to appropriate for a special purpose:
to allot money for a park.
3.
to assign as a portion; set apart; dedicate.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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.
Synonyms
1. See assign.
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allot

/əˈlɒt/
verb (transitive) -lots, -lotting, -lotted
1.
to assign or distribute (shares, etc)
2.
to designate for a particular purpose: money was allotted to cover expenses
3.
(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 mis-allot

allot

v.

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.

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