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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Points were allotted in reverse order: 12 for first, 11 for second, etc. 1. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "What’s the best job in the Pac-12? Even coaches say there’s an obvious hierarchy," 25 Oct. 2018 Then, senators will be allotted five minutes to ask questions. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Kavanaugh confirmation: The latest developments on charges by Supreme Court nominee's accuser," 28 Sep. 2018 The remaining speakers were allotted exactly two minutes. Gialisa Gaffaney,, "Newport Beach and Rohrabacher made an incorrect right turn on SB 54," 12 Apr. 2018 The estimated price tag of the new line is $1.5 billion, in addition to the $8 billion allotted for the airport's facelift. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York-LaGuardia's AirTrain Gets the Go-Ahead," 26 June 2018 When the incumbent president, Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, was elected in 2012, Anaya became a member of Congress under rules that allot seats proportionally for parties. Maria Verza, Fox News, "Mexico's Anaya hopes to narrow gap in presidential race," 25 June 2018 Garrett Kell, a pastor from Alexandria, Va., proposed using the time allotted to Mr. Pence for a prayer session, to avoid sending a signal that evangelical faith is aligned with the Trump administration. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Pence Reaches Out to Evangelicals. Not All of Them Reach Back.," 13 June 2018 The contest proved popular — the 50 slots allotted for entries were filled within the first hour submissions were accepted. John Wilkens,, "Winners named in library's inaugural short story contest," 6 June 2018 Riders pile into one truck, for instance, driving 12 hours to hit an event in Wichita, and in the eight seconds allotted for each official ride on a bronco that's trying to kill them a rider might earn only $72, or nothing at all. Nathan Deuel,, "True grit in the modern American West: 'The Last Cowboys' by John Branch," 10 May 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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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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