allot

verb al·lot \ ə-ˈlät \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of allot

allotted; allotting
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

allotter

noun

Examples of allot in a Sentence

  1. Each speaker will be allotted 15 minutes.

  2. The newspaper will allot a full page to each of the three mayoral candidates.

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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


ALLOT Defined for English Language Learners

allot

verb

Definition of allot for English Language Learners

  • : to give someone (an amount of something) to use or have


ALLOT Defined for Kids

allot

verb al·lot \ ə-ˈlät \

Definition of allot for Students

allotted; allotting
:to give out as a share or portion
  • She finished the test in the time allotted.


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