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.

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The 44-year-old Yang is perhaps best know for his edgy proposal for the government to allot a regular, monthly stipend to every US citizen, a scheme known as universal basic income. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How 2020 Democrats plan to fight climate change," 27 June 2019 Congress didn't pass the bill on the first try but four years ago allotted $7.4 billion to last through 2020. CBS News, "Jon Stewart chokes up, slams lawmakers at hearing on 9/11 first responders fund," 12 June 2019 Regardless, Young urged Congress to allot additional funds for these shelters, and quickly. Jared Weber, USA TODAY, "Trump administration cuts English classes, soccer and legal aid for migrant children at shelters," 4 June 2019 Separately, the administration will propose a new rule on Tuesday allowing employers to allot their workers money to purchase health plans on the individual market, according to a senior administration official. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "States Are Cleared to Allow Less-Comprehensive Health Plans," 22 Oct. 2018 The Rays’ player parking spaces are allotted based on seniority. Stephanie Apstein,, "The Perilous Life of Rookies in the Big Leagues," 6 June 2019 Then, permits, which allow a certain quantity of emissions, are allotted to each plant. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "India’s Gujarat state launches the world’s first programme to trade particulate air pollutant quotas," 5 June 2019 Round up for taxi fares and allot a few euros for bellhops, housekeeping, and room service. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019 The council's appropriations committee shows another $1,200 was allotted that year for 10 guests to attend the annual Derby soiree for the Kentucky Minority Scholarship Fund Inc. last year. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Councilwoman's loss seen as warning on using tax dollars for tickets," 24 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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The first known use of allot was in the 15th century

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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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