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allot

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verb al·lot \ə-ˈlät\

Simple Definition of allot

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

Full Definition of allot

al·lot·tedal·lot·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to assign as a share or portion <allot 10 minutes for the speech>

  3. 2 :  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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