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 Raymer argues that state officials need to allot more time for developers and heat pump manufacturers and installers to shift toward electrification of buildings. Anne C. Mulkern, Scientific American, "California Is Closing the Door to Gas in New Homes," 4 Jan. 2021 D-Flint, the bills allot $641.2 million in funding settlements in civil Flint water cases. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Whitmer signs bills funding $641 million settlement in Flint water cases," 31 Dec. 2020 And the Kansas cancellation did at least allot the Longhorns more time to both prepare for Iowa State and heal up. Nick Moyle,, "Tom Herman hopes long layoff doesn’t lead to rust for No. 20 Texas," 23 Nov. 2020 This is shared dynamically amongst family members, so there’s no way to allot a certain amount of storage to a particular person. David Nield, Popular Science, "Cloud storage is cheaper when you know how to share it," 3 Nov. 2020 Voters have the option to allot that money toward an economic recovery package and an expansion for VIA, the city’s mass transit system. Liz Hardaway,, "Bexar commissioners reaffirm county’s commitment to funding San Antonio’s trails; next step is figuring out how," 14 Oct. 2020 Regardless, a bill passed in the Senate this month (and now awaiting the House's decisions) would allot up to $1.9 billion dollars a year towards the country's 400+ national park sites and conversation efforts. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The "Great American Outdoors Act" Would Give Billions to National Parks," 30 June 2020 The new approach would allot them to applicants who earn the highest wages. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump to issue executive order limiting temporary work visas," 23 June 2020 Times have been allotted to comply with social distancing and to limit the number of individuals in a space to ten. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "County Health OKs Heights High plan for Class of ‘20 to walk across school auditorium stage," 23 May 2020

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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 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Allot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce allot (audio)

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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