al·lot | \ə-ˈlät \
allotted; allotting

Definition of allot 

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from allot

allotter noun

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.

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Public comment is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Only 10 speakers will be allowed; each speaker will be allotted a maximum of three minutes to address the board. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "The state education board is meeting this week. Here's what to know," 4 June 2018 The state plans to expand the number of beds for prisoners, and lawmakers allotted $1 million to explore a permanent expansion of treatment facilities. Jeff Amy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mississippi's pretrial jail terms among the longest in the nation," 24 Apr. 2018 Eleven health startups had their turn during a morning session, each allotted about five minutes to tell their story and answer a few questions. Justin Madden,, "Over 54,000 people without power across Northeast Ohio," 1 Mar. 2018 So Atlas had a large battery pack, rated to last through the DRC course's allotted time of one hour but not much longer. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "The Golden Age of Walking Bots That Never Arrived," 25 Mar. 2016 Some seats would be allotted to high-achieving students from private schools. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York City Mayor Alters Exam-School Admissions," 3 June 2018 Board members suggested that McManus talk to the company about upping the 6 percent that would be allotted to the library. Staff Report,, "Eyeing new source of revenue, River Grove library officials warming up to idea of installing electronic sign," 16 May 2018 Money will now be allotted based largely on student poverty levels rather than standardized test scores. Talia Richman,, "Baltimore schools budget proposal does not include layoffs; adds positions for high-need schools," 24 Apr. 2018 Indiana expects to soon draw down its allotted $7.6 million and has until mid-July to tell the U.S. Election Assistance Commission how the state will spend the money. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana may need millions of dollars to prevent election hacking by Russia and others," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of allot

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allot

Middle English alotten, from Anglo-French aloter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + lot, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hlot lot

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The first known use of allot was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of allot

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


al·lot | \ə-ˈlät \
allotted; allotting

Kids Definition of allot

: to give out as a share or portion She finished the test in the time allotted.

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to reject or criticize sharply

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