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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Alabama was allotted 29,588 tickets worth $5.4 million, according to the game contract signed in November 2016 with organizers of the Peach Bowl. Michael Casagrande |,, "Alabama-Duke tickets selling cheap," 12 July 2019 However, that would still be far less than the $440 million allotted for male players in the 2022 World Cup. Des Bieler,, "Senate bill would block federal funds for 2026 World Cup until USWNT gets equal pay," 10 July 2019 He also was allotted an additional $10 million a year for security expenses for himself and his family. Levi Sumagaysay, The Mercury News, "Zuckerberg security chief out after harassment, racism allegations," 9 July 2019 Roughly half the revenue raised by the initiative would go to California’s public schools and community colleges, and the rest would be allotted to cities and counties. Joe Garofoli,, "Prop. 13 reform headed to California ballot could swamp counties," 6 July 2019 The total amount allotted for compensation is estimated at tens of millions of dollars. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "Dutch Railways to compensate Holocaust survivors it helped transport," 26 June 2019 More than half of the budget for WHO's strategic response plan during that period was allotted to staff remuneration. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Fighting Ebola is hard but in the Congo mistrust and fear is making it harder," 22 June 2019 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

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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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