verb \ə-ˈlät\

: to give someone (an amount of something) to use or have


Full Definition of ALLOT

transitive verb
:  to assign as a share or portion <allot 10 minutes for the speech>
:  to distribute by or as if by lot <allot seats to the press>
al·lot·ter noun

Examples of ALLOT

  1. Each speaker will be allotted 15 minutes.
  2. The newspaper will allot a full page to each of the three mayoral candidates.

Origin of ALLOT

Middle English alotten, from Anglo-French aloter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + lot, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hlot lot
First Known Use: 15th century


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