Definition of allot
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
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 of allot from the Web
The Senate, which has fewer district offices to protect, has not yet allotted such money.
Canada has allotted almost $250 million to this cause, and that’s less than half of the money Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has pledged.
The total amount that could be allotted to eligible states under the program is $8 billion.
Each team is allotted a 30-minute walkthrough and an hour of practice before the meet.
And then there’s the opioid epidemic sweeping the country, an enormously complicated issue, to which the Senate bill allotted $2 billion over 10 years.
American allots 31 inches, United between 30 and 31 inches.
The bride (who apparently has very expensive taste) fell for a wedding dress priced at $10,500, which happened to be twice the amount allotted in her wedding budget for a dress.
For all 20 of his orders on this day, Peapod has allotted nine hours and 20 minutes.
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Origin and Etymology of allot
Middle English alotten, from Anglo-French aloter, from a- (from Latin ad-) + lot, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English hlot lot
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
ALLOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of allot for English Language Learners
: to give someone (an amount of something) to use or have
ALLOT Defined for Kids
Definition of allot for Students
: to give out as a share or portion She finished the test in the time allotted.
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