allot

verb
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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The half page that Northam was allotted in the yearbook includes three pictures, including one of him in a suit. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "Yearbook staff disagree on whether racist photo was mix-up," 6 Feb. 2019 The department received about 100,000 requests for H-2B visas on Jan. 1, three times greater than the 33,000 visas allotted by law for the six-month period that includes the summer. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Labor Secretary Calls for Overhaul of Low-Skill Immigration System," 18 Jan. 2019 For an example of what Manne was talking about, look no further than a now-famous rant delivered by Sen. Lindsey Graham during his time allotted to questioning Kavanaugh during the hearing. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 Not a good sign when catcher J.T. Realmuto had use up two of the allotted six mound visits within the first three batters. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Trevor Richards notches first big-league win as Marlins down Giants again," 13 June 2018 These include algorithms used for calculating prison sentences and allotting medical aid. James Vincent, The Verge, "When algorithms go wrong we need more power to fight back, say AI researchers," 8 Dec. 2018 Two-thirds of that money has been distributed or allotted for specific recovery efforts. Fox News, "Charities helped with fixing homes, other needs after Harvey," 24 Aug. 2018 Safety First Musk dedicated the bulk of the time allotted to his prepared statement on the earnings call to safety. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Finally in the black: Tesla has a good quarter," 25 Oct. 2018 Instead of going the allotted three days of field work for a mandatory minicamp, Texans coach Bill O'Brien will have the players in for meetings Thursday before dismissing them from formal work until training camp in late July. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Bill O'Brien pleased as Texans wrap up offseason," 14 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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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 \
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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