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 While one hour was allotted, the arguments lasted roughly 75 minutes, though Chief Justice John Roberts worked to keep questioning by his colleagues moving swiftly. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court streams oral arguments for first time as justices work remotely," 4 May 2020 The New York Times reported last week that some precincts, for example, had awarded more delegates to candidates than they were allotted. Trip Gabriel,, "Iowa Democrats won’t correct errors on caucus tally sheets, e-mails show," 9 Feb. 2020 Trump’s team wrapped up its defense, having used about 11 of its allotted 24 hours. Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell says he lacks votes to bar trial witnesses," 29 Jan. 2020 Two-way-contract guard Ky Bowman, who is 32 days into the 45-day limited allotted him with the NBA club under his deal, also won’t be available. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ Kevon Looney out vs. Rockets; Glenn Robinson III probable," 25 Dec. 2019 The event will be moderated, and candidates will be allotted time to answer questions covering transportation, redevelopment, security and more. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Gwinnett CIDs offering online candidate forum," 16 Apr. 2020 Filmmakers were allotted exactly three nerve-racking hours to shoot the sequence on location, hurriedly replacing contemporary signage with period graphics. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "How ‘Mrs. America’ designers revived a ’70s feminist showdown," 14 Apr. 2020 The money will be allotted based on a facility’s share of the 2019 Medicare fee-for-serve (FFS) reimbursements. al, "Alabama healthcare providers getting $449.5 million in early federal relief," 10 Apr. 2020 With movie theaters closed temporarily in an effort to stem the outbreak, other films such as Marvel’s Black Widow, Thor: Love and Thunder and Disney’s Mulan have also been allotted new release dates. Alexia Fernandez,, "Camila Cabello's Cinderella Movie Reimagining Is Pushed Back to 2021," 9 Apr. 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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7 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Allot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce allot (audio)

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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