lot

noun (1)
\ ˈlät How to pronounce lot (audio) \
plural lots

Definition of lot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an object used as a counter in determining a question by chance — see also throw in one's lot with
2a : the use of lots as a means of deciding something One was chosen by lot to represent the group.
b : the resulting choice
3a : something that comes to one upon whom a lot has fallen : share The will provided for equal lots for all the children.
b : one's way of life or worldly fate : fortune the lot of man, to suffer and to die— Alexander Pope
4a : a portion of land
b : a measured parcel of land having fixed boundaries and designated on a plot or survey built his home on a half-acre lot
c : a motion-picture studio and its adjoining property
d : an establishment for the storage or sale of motor vehicles a used car lot
5a : a number of units of an article, a single article, or a parcel of articles offered as one item (as in an auction sale) Lot 45 is a dining room set.
b : all the members of a present group, kind, or quantity usually used with the sampled the whole lot of desserts
6a : a number of associated persons : set fell in with a rough lot
b : kind, sort The recruits were a sorry lot.
7 : a considerable quantity or extent a lot of money lots of friends
all over the lot
: covering a wide or varied range received bids all over the lot
a lot
1 : to a considerable degree or extent this is a lot nicer
2 : often, frequently runs a lot every day
3 : lots

lot

verb
lotted; lotting

Definition of lot (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

2 : to form or divide into lots

Lot

noun (2)
\ ˈlät How to pronounce Lot (audio) \

Definition of Lot (Entry 3 of 3)

: a nephew of Abraham who according to the account in Genesis escaped from the doomed city of Sodom with his wife who turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back

Synonyms for lot

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb

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Noun (1)

fate, destiny, lot, portion, doom mean a predetermined state or end. fate implies an inevitable and usually an adverse outcome. the fate of the submarine is unknown destiny implies something foreordained and often suggests a great or noble course or end. the country's destiny to be a model of liberty to the world lot and portion imply a distribution by fate or destiny, lot suggesting blind chance it was her lot to die childless , portion implying the apportioning of good and evil. remorse was his daily portion doom distinctly implies a grim or calamitous fate. if the rebellion fails, his doom is certain

Examples of lot in a Sentence

Noun (1) He bought the vacant lot across the street. They own the house on the corner lot. We took a tour of the Universal lot. The organization has done much to improve the lot of underprivileged youth. Unhappy with her lot in life, she moved to the city to start over. Verb everyone is lotted opportunities in life, and it's their responsibility to take them See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For a mature company, the prospect of change can come with a lot of uncertainty. Lisa Sellers, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 Singles calls for a lot of fast bursts of running and short changes in direction, while doubles requires less running. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2022 The biggest issue is communicating accurately what production looks like for a lot of these brands, to try and give some scale. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 12 Aug. 2022 Thirty minutes wouldn’t be enough to get a sense of a lot of games. Wired, 11 Aug. 2022 Elden’s been through a lot these past months: a long process to find the problem; the discovery of a thing in his head; the decision about what to do with the thing; the radiation and the nausea and the other unfun. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 This industrial system isn’t working for a lot of farming communities. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 11 Aug. 2022 But as this spatial heterogeneity is being lost and as everything is becoming more uniform, there are more and more forests with a lot of biomass. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2022 What has typically been left is no more revealing than a receipt, with a lot of little numbers adding up to one big number. al, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lot

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lot

Noun (1)

Middle English lot, lott "object used to decide a matter by chance, decision by the use of such objects, what one receives through such a decision, destiny, share," going back to Old English hlot, going back to Germanic *hluta- (whence also Old Frisian hlot, lot "lot," Old High German hluz, Old Norse hlutr), noun derivative from a verb *hleutan- "to cast lots" (whence Old English hlēotan "to cast lots, obtain, gain as one's lot," Old Saxon hliotan "to obtain," Old High German liozan "to cast lots," Old Norse hjlóta "to get by lot, obtain, undergo"), of uncertain origin

Note: An o-grade ablaut derivative is evident in Old English hlȳt, hlīet "lot, share," Old Saxon hlōt, Old High German hlōz, Old Norse hlautr (conflated with a different word meaning "blood sacrifice"), Gothic hlauts. The Germanic verb has been compared with Lithuanian kliū́ti "to get caught on, bump into, hinder," kliudýti "to bump into, meet, hinder," Old Church Slavic ključiti sę "to happen, come to pass," but the proposed semantic connection is tenuous.

Verb

Middle English lotten, derivative of lot lot entry 1

Noun (2)

Hebrew Lōṭ

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lot

noun
\ ˈlät How to pronounce lot (audio) \

Kids Definition of lot

1 : an object used in deciding something by chance or the use of such an object to decide something
2 : fate sense 2 It was their lot to be poor.
3 : a piece or plot of land a vacant lot
4 : a large number or amount lots of books a lot of help

lot

noun

Legal Definition of lot

1 : a portion of land specifically : a measured parcel of contiguous land having fixed boundaries and recorded (as on a plat) with the appropriate authority or office (as a registry of deeds)
2 : a single article, a number of units of an article, or a parcel of articles offered as one item (as in an auction sale) specifically : a parcel or single article under the Uniform Commercial Code which is the subject matter of a separate sale, lease, or delivery whether or not it is sufficient to perform the contract — see also odd lot, round lot

Lot geographical name

\ ˈlät How to pronounce Lot (audio) , ˈlȯt \

Definition of Lot

river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in southern France flowing west into the Garonne River

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