a lot


: to a considerable degree or extent : much, lots
This is a lot nicer.
I liked it a lot. [=very much]
: often, frequently
Do you travel a lot?

Examples of a lot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bullock: City Hall is putting a lot of time and money into researching an airpark, buying a helicopter, creating an aviation department and other projects taking millions of dollars, which most Peoria residents don’t want and can’t see the need for these projects. Shawn Raymundo, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 The Latino museum did a lot of collecting around farm workers, to be able to talk about labor and immigration. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 9 July 2024 Just a lot of them — including an entire section from a high school chemistry book. Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel, 9 July 2024 In football, a special quarterback erases a lot of problems in a balanced league. Jerry Brewer, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for a lot 

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of a lot was in 1821

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“A lot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20lot. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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