a lot /allot

a lot /allot
   A lot is two words meaning "much": A lot of bologna was left over from the party.
   Allot is a verb meaning "distribute proportionately, to portion out": You guys need to allot a lot more time to practice!

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  • a lot / allot —    A lot is two words meaning much : A lot of bologna was left over from the party.    Allot is a verb meaning distribute proportionately, to portion out : You guys need to allot a lot more time to practice! …   Confused words

  • allot — transitive verb (allotted; allotting) Etymology: Middle English alotten, from Anglo French aloter, from a (from Latin ad ) + lot, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hlot lot Date: 15th century 1. to assign as a share or portion …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lot — lotter, n. /lot/, n., v., lotted, lotting, adv. n. 1. one of a set of objects, as straws or pebbles, drawn or thrown from a container to decide a question or choice by chance. 2. the casting or drawing of such objects as a method of deciding… …   Universalium

  • lot — /lɒt / (say lot) noun 1. one of a set of objects drawn from a receptacle, etc., to decide a question or choice by chance. 2. the casting or drawing of such objects as a method of deciding something: to choose a person by lot. 3. the decision or… …  

  • Allot — Al*lot , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Allotted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Allotting}.] [OF. aloter, F. allotir; a (L. ad) + lot lot. See {Lot}.] 1. To distribute by lot. [1913 Webster] 2. To distribute, or parcel out in parts or portions; or to distribute to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • allot — [ə lät′] vt. allotted, allotting [OFr aloter < a , to + loter < lot, lot, of Gmc orig.: see LOT] 1. to distribute by lot or in arbitrary shares; apportion 2. to give or assign as one s share [each speaker is allotted five minutes] SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • allot — al‧lot [əˈlɒt ǁ əˈlɑːt] verb allotted PTandPP allotting PRESPART [transitive] to decide officially to give something to someone or to use something for a particular purpose: • Each employee was allotted 100 shares in the company. * * * allot UK… …   Financial and business terms

  • allot — (v.) late 15c., from O.Fr. aloter (Mod.Fr. allotir) to divide by lots, to divide into lots, from à to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + loter lot, a word of Germanic origin (Cf. Goth. hlauts, O.H.G. hloz, O.E. hlot; see LOT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • Lot — (l[o^]t), n. [AS. hlot; akin to hle[ o]tan to cast lots, OS. hl[=o]t lot, D. lot, G. loos, OHG. l[=o]z, Icel. hlutr, Sw. lott, Dan. lod, Goth. hlauts. Cf. {Allot}, {Lotto}, {Lottery}.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which happens without human design or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lot — [lät] n. [ME < OE hlot, akin to Ger los, Du lot, ON hlutr, Goth hlauts < IE base * klēu , a hook, forked branch > CLOSE2, L clavis, key] 1. an object used in deciding a matter by chance, a number of these being placed in a container and… …   English World dictionary

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