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


Next Word in the Dictionary: allotee
Previous Word in the Dictionary: allosyndesis
All Words Near: allot

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up allot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More