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.
Recent Examples on the Web The connected structures create a conduit for sharing chemical signals and proteins, and fusion might help allot proteins more equally among mitochondria, Nunnari said. Quanta Magazine, 6 July 2021 The new standards allot two days for items traveling as far as 139 miles, three days for 930 miles, four days for 1,907 miles and five days for anything beyond, with an on-time rate of 95%. Author: Jacob Bogage, Kevin Schaul, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2021 The new standards allot two days for items traveling as far as 139 miles, three days for 930 miles, four days for 1,907 miles and five days for anything beyond, with an on-time rate of 95 percent. Washington Post, 24 June 2021 The federal health ministry in New Delhi, which is tracking nationwide cases to allot scarce and expensive antifungal medicine, has not released a fatalities figure. New York Times, 20 June 2021 Earmark advocates say Congress members are more familiar with deserving local projects than bureaucrats at federal agencies who would otherwise allot federal dollars. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 6 May 2021 The legislation will put a Justice Department official in charge of a review of anti-Asian hate crimes and will allot federal grants for law enforcement training and hate crime hotlines. BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2021 While traveling through Thomas, allot a couple of hours to hang out in town, browsing the wonderfully eclectic shops along Front Street and enjoying music and a beer at the Purple Fiddle. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 6 May 2021 The city is also launching a Business Grant Program beginning Monday, May 3, that will allot up to $15,000 to businesses hiring new employees. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021

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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, 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

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21 Jul 2021

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“Allot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allot. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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