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.

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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 The aid is part of $2.5 billion allotted to assist schools in areas affected by natural disasters last year, including Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas and California. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida to receive $84.5 million in federal disaster aid," 17 May 2018 These women defied the one-dimensional tropes often allotted to minorities thanks to filmmaking worthy of their talent. Kyndall Cunningham, Glamour, "The Oscar Race Is All About Gaga vs. Glenn—But What About Women of Color?," 22 Jan. 2019 Apparently the city had allotted $400,000 for the program to use by June, but at the time of cancellation only $130,000 had been spent. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 The on bit causes the chip to allot data in a larger chunk of memory than is needed. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Bluetooth bugs bite millions of Wi-Fi APs from Cisco, Meraki, and Aruba," 1 Nov. 2018 That movie, like a prudent judge, kindly allotted an equal share of emotional oomph to each parent. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Borderland Brutality of “Sicario 2: Soldado”," 9 July 2017 That was particularly significant for a candidate who was only allotted a few seconds of free television airtime each day. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "A rise from marginal lawmaker to presidential front-runner," 27 Oct. 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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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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