Simple Definition of allot
: to give someone (an amount of something) to use or have
Full Definition of allot
1 : to assign as a share or portion <allot 10 minutes for the speech>
2 : to distribute by or as if by lot <allot seats to the press>
Examples of allot in a sentence
Each speaker will be allotted 15 minutes.
The newspaper will allot a full page to each of the three mayoral candidates.
Origin and Etymology 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
ALLOT Defined for Kids
Definition of allot for Students
: to give out as a share or portion <She finished the test in the time allotted.>
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