allot

verb
al·​lot | \ ə-ˈlät How to pronounce allot (audio) \
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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These women defied the one-dimensional tropes often allotted to minorities thanks to filmmaking worthy of their talent. Kyndall Cunningham, Glamour, "The Oscar Race Is All About Gaga vs. Glenn—But What About Women of Color?," 22 Jan. 2019 Apparently the city had allotted $400,000 for the program to use by June, but at the time of cancellation only $130,000 had been spent. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 The on bit causes the chip to allot data in a larger chunk of memory than is needed. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Bluetooth bugs bite millions of Wi-Fi APs from Cisco, Meraki, and Aruba," 1 Nov. 2018 That movie, like a prudent judge, kindly allotted an equal share of emotional oomph to each parent. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Borderland Brutality of “Sicario 2: Soldado”," 9 July 2017 That was particularly significant for a candidate who was only allotted a few seconds of free television airtime each day. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "A rise from marginal lawmaker to presidential front-runner," 27 Oct. 2018 The measure also called for allotting about $2 million over five years for grants to help cover tuition for older students who are close to finishing degrees and need financial help. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "500 Baltimore public school students accepted in free community college program," 25 June 2018 The formula used by Republicans for allotting delegates is based on municipal vote totals in the last gubernatorial election for the GOP candidates. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Tip Sheet: What You Need To Know About The State GOP Convention," 11 May 2018 The package would allot $563.4 million for immigration judges, about $58 million more than the year before. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "White House, Democrats Float Proposals to End Shutdown, but Wide Gaps Remain," 20 Jan. 2019

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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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allot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of allot

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

allot

verb
al·​lot | \ ə-ˈlät How to pronounce allot (audio) \
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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