noun \ˈlät\

Definition of lot

  1. 1 :  an object used as a counter in determining a question by chance

  2. 2a :  the use of lots as a means of deciding something One was chosen by lot to represent the group.b :  the resulting choice

  3. 3a :  something that comes to one upon whom a lot has fallen :  share The will provided for equal lots for all the children.b :  one's way of life or worldly fate :  fortune the lot of man, to suffer and to die — Alexander Pope

  4. 4a :  a portion of landb :  a measured parcel of land having fixed boundaries and designated on a plot or survey built his home on a half-acre lotc :  a motion-picture studio and its adjoining propertyd :  an establishment for the storage or sale of motor vehicles a used car lot

  5. 5a :  a number of units of an article, a single article, or a parcel of articles offered as one item (as in an auction sale) Lot 45 is a dining room set.b :  all the members of a present group, kind, or quantity —usually used with the sampled the whole lot of desserts

  6. 6a :  a number of associated persons :  set fell in with a rough lotb :  kind, sort The recruits were a sorry lot.

  7. 7 :  a considerable quantity or extent a lot of money lots of friends

all over the lot

  1. :  covering a wide or varied range received bids all over the lot

a lot

  1. 1 :  to a considerable degree or extent this is a lot nicer

  2. 2 :  often, frequently runs a lot every day

  3. 3 :  lots

Examples of lot in a sentence

  1. He bought the vacant lot across the street.

  2. They own the house on the corner lot.

  3. We took a tour of the Universal lot.

  4. The organization has done much to improve the lot of underprivileged youth.

  5. Unhappy with her lot in life, she moved to the city to start over.

Origin and Etymology of lot

Middle English, from Old English hlot; akin to Old High German hlōz

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of lot

fate, destiny, lot, portion, doom mean a predetermined state or end. fate implies an inevitable and usually an adverse outcome the fate of the submarine is unknown. destiny implies something foreordained and often suggests a great or noble course or end the country's destiny to be a model of liberty to the world. lot and portion imply a distribution by fate or destiny, lot suggesting blind chance it was her lot to die childless, portion implying the apportioning of good and evil remorse was his daily portion. doom distinctly implies a grim or calamitous fate if the rebellion fails, his doom is certain.




Definition of lot




  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  allot, apportion

  3. 2 :  to form or divide into lots

Examples of lot in a sentence

  1. everyone is lotted opportunities in life, and it's their responsibility to take them

Origin and Etymology of lot

see 1lot

First Known Use: 15th century


noun \ˈlät\

Definition of Lot

  1. :  a nephew of Abraham who according to the account in Genesis escaped from the doomed city of Sodom with his wife who turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back

Origin and Etymology of lot

Hebrew Lōṭ

First Known Use: circa 1534


geographical name \ˈlät, ˈlȯt\

Definition of Lot

  1. river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in southern France flowing west into the Garonne River

LOT Defined for Kids


noun \ˈlät\

Definition of lot for Students

  1. 1 :  an object used in deciding something by chance or the use of such an object to decide something

  2. 2 :  fate 2 It was their lot to be poor.

  3. 3 :  a piece or plot of land a vacant lot

  4. 4 :  a large number or amount lots of books a lot of help

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of lot

  1. 1 :  a portion of land; specifically :  a measured parcel of contiguous land having fixed boundaries and recorded (as on a plat) with the appropriate authority or office (as a registry of deeds)

  2. 2 :  a single article, a number of units of an article, or a parcel of articles offered as one item (as in an auction sale); specifically :  a parcel or single article under the Uniform Commercial Code which is the subject matter of a separate sale, lease, or delivery whether or not it is sufficient to perform the contract — see also odd lot, round lot

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