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 In that short time, Olson allotted 12 hours to film 12 locations. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Emmy winner returns home to South Milwaukee to enter the city into an HGTV hometown makeover contest," 5 Feb. 2020 They will be allotted 10 minutes each to deliver their remarks before a Wednesday vote on the articles. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "WATCH LIVE: Senators deliver remarks in Trump impeachment trial," 4 Feb. 2020 Among 53,060 top scholarships allotted last year, African-American students earned 4% of them while making up 21% of the state’s population of 18- and 19-year-olds. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Is It Fair to Award Scholarships Based on the SAT?," 2 Feb. 2020 Only an hour and 15 minutes were allotted for entire matches on the original schedule and most nearly reached the two-hour mark. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Winners and losers from the first Call of Duty League weekend: Strong venue, struggling Empire," 27 Jan. 2020 Facebook allotted almost $20 million in 2018 for protecting CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his family at his residences and during travel. Daniela Sirtori-cortina And Hannah Zhang, CNN, "For the rich and famous, there's no silver bullet to avoid phone hacks," 25 Jan. 2020 Two hours have been allotted for debate, which is likely to be rancorous given that McConnell has opted to take the express route. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How to Watch Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial," 21 Jan. 2020 Last year, the Supreme court allotted land that would allow the building of a Hindu temple at the site of a mosque demolished by a Hindu nationalist mob in 1992. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "‘A Defining Moment.’ An Indian State’s Decision to Challenge the Country's Controversial Citizenship Law Signals a Growing Divide," 20 Jan. 2020 The leases allot for only 15,000 miles during those three years, and additional miles are an astounding $1.50 each. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "The Best Lease Deals on Two-Seaters and Hellcats for January 2020," 11 Jan. 2020

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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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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Allot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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