allot

verb

al·​lot ə-ˈlät How to pronounce allot (audio)
allotted; allotting

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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The bustier’s stitching allotted a bit of depth and detail to the clean-cut look. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 13 Feb. 2024 Companies often allot a portion of their cash in direct government securities, such as Treasury bills, which are considered safe investments backed by the full faith and credit of the government. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 The bill would allot $20 billion to immigration enforcement, including the hiring of thousands of new officers to evaluate asylum claims and hundreds of Border Patrol agents, as well as funding local governments that have seen influxes of migrants. Lisa Mascaro, Twin Cities, 4 Feb. 2024 In a time when Hollywood allotted so few parts of genuine substance for South Asian actresses, Kashfi’s racial ambiguity was her primary bargaining chip. Hazlitt, 31 Jan. 2024 Passed in 2008, the PROTECT Our Children Act, sponsored by then-senator Joe Biden (D., Del.), required the Department of Justice to develop and update continually a comprehensive anti-CSAM strategy and further allotted funds for local law enforcement. Maureen Flatley, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Its current budget, for the fiscal year ending in June, has allotted another $317,425 to pay the firms, the Times reported. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 13 Jan. 2024 Right now, this is allotted according to the proportion of the overall training set that the creator represents and also a metric for how often their imagery is currently being purchased from Getty’s stock catalogue. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2024 The $95 billion package proposed by Democrats this week would send $14 billion in military aid to Israel, provide further funding for allies in Asia, and allot $10 billion for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, Israel, Gaza and other places. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English alotten, borrowed from Anglo-French aloter, from a- (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + -loter, verbal derivative of lot "lot, portion, share," borrowed from Old Low Franconian *hlota-, going back to Germanic *hluta- — more at lot entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Allot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allot. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

allot

verb
al·​lot ə-ˈlät How to pronounce allot (audio)
allotted; allotting
: to assign as a share or portion
allot 10 minutes for the speech

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