noun (1)
\ˈlät \

Definition of lot 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 : an object used as a counter in determining a question by chance

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


lotted; lotting

Definition of lot (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

2 : to form or divide into lots


noun (2)
\ˈlät \

Definition of Lot (Entry 3 of 4)

: 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


geographical name
\ˈlät, ˈlȯt\

Definition of Lot (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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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.


everyone is lotted opportunities in life, and it's their responsibility to take them
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Some sailings earlier this fall were disrupted by the low water levels, which led a lot of insiders to forecast that Christmas market cruises would be hit hard this season. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Are Europe's Low Water Levels a Problem For Your Holiday Cruise?," 30 Nov. 2018 With low-hanging eaves, lots of horizontal lines, and exposed steel, the home is classic late-era Wexler. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Donald Wexler-designed desert gem yours for $3.5M," 14 Nov. 2018 Luke Petty, the operations manager for Medigy, said a lot of CPAP users direct their ire at companies like his. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 In America, a lot of people have become royal obsessed in the last few years. Alyse Whitney, Glamour, "Vanessa Hudgens Watched the Royal Wedding To Get Into Character for The Princess Switch," 21 Nov. 2018 On the other hand, vapes are considered less risky than cigarettes for adult smokers — although there’s still a lot to learn about these largely unregulated products. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Juul’s nicotine salts are dominating the market — and other companies want in," 21 Nov. 2018 Connie Britton brings quiet strength to her characters and a lot of love to the table, on screen and in real life — just don't ask her to cook. Lindsey Benoit O'connell, Redbook, "Connie Britton Shares Her Rules for a Totally Chill Holiday Season," 29 Oct. 2018 Jota dissects the judiciary; Nexo specialises in explanatory journalism with lots of graphics and timelines. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 The rest of the supporting cast lines up behind them in the background, seeming to communicate that a lot of the storyline will be what happens between Dumbledore and Newt. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, ""Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald" Has Released a First Look of Young Newt Scamander," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of lot

Noun (1)

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


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, from Old English hlot; akin to Old High German hlōz


see lot entry 1

Noun (2)

Hebrew Lōṭ

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Financial Definition of lot

What It Is

A lot is a securities trade for a “standard” number of trading units. In stock trading, a lot is 100 shares (also called a "round lot"). However, inactive stocks generally trade in 10-share lots.

How It Works

Lots are the standard trading amount, and thus they usually incur the most favorable commission costs. For example, if you wanted to buy six lots of Company XYZ stock, you would be buying 600 shares.

Investors, especially individuals, frequently cannot or do not want to bear the expense of trading shares in round lots, however, which is why most brokers also accept “odd-lot” trades (though they may charge a higher commission for doing so). However, the advent of electronic and online trading platforms has reduced, and in some cases eliminated, these odd-lot premiums.

Why It Matters

Lot  investors tend to be larger investors. The ratio of odd-lot buying to odd-lot selling, on the other hand, is often used to evaluate small-investor sentiment.

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\ˈlät \

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



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

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