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.
Recent Examples on the Web While traveling through Thomas, allot a couple of hours to hang out in town, browsing the wonderfully eclectic shops along Front Street and enjoying music and a beer at the Purple Fiddle. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Chasing waterfalls at West Virginia’s Blackwater Falls State Park," 6 May 2021 The city is also launching a Business Grant Program beginning Monday, May 3, that will allot up to $15,000 to businesses hiring new employees. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon rolls out new business programs and grants," 30 Apr. 2021 The Biden administration is working with Congress to allot this nine-figure boost, which would be distributed by the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Blinkin said in a statement. Joe Walsh, Forbes, "U.S. Promises $300 Million Boost In Aid To Afghanistan. Here’s Why.," 21 Apr. 2021 Goldwein and others are especially critical of Democrats’ decision to allot $350 billion to state and local aid, even though many states are no longer running deficits and independent estimates suggest the need is far less than that amount. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty in defining move of presidency," 7 Mar. 2021 Goldwein and others are especially critical of Democrats’ decision to allot $350 billion to state and local aid, even though many states are no longer running deficits and independent estimates suggest the need is far less than that amount. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty in defining move of presidency," 7 Mar. 2021 Goldwein and others are especially critical of Democrats’ decision to allot $350 billion to state and local aid, even though many states are no longer running deficits and independent estimates suggest the need is far less than that amount. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty in defining move of presidency," 7 Mar. 2021 Goldwein and others are especially critical of Democrats’ decision to allot $350 billion to state and local aid, even though many states are no longer running deficits and independent estimates suggest the need is far less than that amount. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Biden stimulus showers money on Americans, sharply cutting poverty in defining move of presidency," 7 Mar. 2021 CFOs know where and how to allot their transformation time, energy and investments. Jim Deloach, Forbes, "Delivering A Better Forecast: Five Keys To The Successful Adoption Of Advanced Technologies In Finance," 18 Mar. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Allot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allot. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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