lot

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noun (1)

plural lots
1
: an object used as a counter in determining a question by chance see also throw in one's lot with
2
a
: the use of lots as a means of deciding something
One was chosen by lot to represent the group.
b
: the resulting choice
3
a
: 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 dieAlexander Pope
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a
: 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
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a
: 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
6
a
: 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
see also a lot, lots

lot

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verb

lotted; lotting

transitive verb

1
2
: to form or divide into lots

Lot

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noun (2)

: 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
Phrases
all over the lot
: covering a wide or varied range
received bids all over the lot
Choose the Right Synonym for lot

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
About a mile north of the Blue Mound Road exit on U.S. 287, past a vape shop, empty fields, and an RV storage lot, a yearslong debate over the future of 80 acres of ranch land is reaching a tense crescendo. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Feb. 2024 There’s lots to love about five-star hotels—attentive service, beautiful design, comfy beds, and thoughtful amenities—but there’s also a lot at stake. Jonathan Soroff, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2024 In the clip, which also stars Jelly Roll, Victoria and David Beckham, and Usher, Aniston accepts her Uber Eats delivery backstage on a studio lot. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 The wealthy pros of Ivory Coast’s national soccer team were resting in their luxury hotel last week, preparing for a match in Africa’s biggest tournament, when Yaya Camara sprinted onto a dusty lot and began fizzing one pass after another to his friends. Elian Peltier Joao Silva, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 During their stay, they were locked down in the presidential suite of the Tokyo Hilton due to safety concerns by local authorities, according to a Christie's lot essay. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 But there are topography problems in the Foothills and smaller lots along the river. Nick Rosenberger, Idaho Statesman, 5 Feb. 2024 At the tow lot Traci and Stuart drove into the parking lot of the tow company a few hours after the sweep. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 2 Feb. 2024 Parking may be available in the mansion’s front lot, from which the garden is accessible on the side. Emily Hedrick, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of lot was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lot. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

lot

noun
ˈlät
1
: an object used as a counter in determining a question by chance
2
a
: the use of lots as a means of deciding something
choose by lot
b
: the choice resulting from deciding by lot
3
a
: something that comes to one by or as if by lot
b
: one's course in life especially as decided by chance
4
a
: a piece or plot of land
owns the corner lot
a building lot
b
: a motion-picture studio and its surrounding property
5
: a number of articles offered (as at an auction) for sale as one item
6
: a number of associated persons : set
the lot that hangs around the arcade
7
: a large amount, quantity, or number
a lot of space
a lot of books
lots of food
had been there lots of times

Legal Definition

lot

noun
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

Geographical Definition

Lot

geographical name

ˈlät How to pronounce Lot (audio)
ˈlȯt
river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in southern France flowing west into the Garonne River

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