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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 thesampled 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 4)

transitive verb

2 : to form or divide into lots
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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

Lot

geographical name
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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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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And as a bonus, Lyft will provide a $10 credit to get home after customers drop their car back at the rental lot. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Lyft Is Partnering With a Car Rental Company to Make Summer Road Trips Even More Seamless," 1 Aug. 2020 But as retail investors began buying mutual funds rather than individual stocks and as brokerage commissions became competitive rather than fixed, the round-lot incentive disappeared. Allan Sloan, Washington Post, "What lies behind Apple’s 4-for-1 stock split," 31 July 2020 The lot was where the Bates-Hendricks, Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods met and is easily accessible to many parts of downtown Indianapolis. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "'This is really happening': These women are bringing a dog park to downtown Indianapolis," 31 July 2020 But last month, the sales lot had no more than a dozen campers on it, according to Shawn Nelson, sales manager with the 50-year-old retailer. al, "Hot tubs, fishing ponds and high-tech: Alabama RV parks modernize during coronavirus," 31 July 2020 Your study plan can always be adjusted, and results, of course, are dependent on a lot of factors. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Busuu Language Learning shines thanks to personalized study plans and help from native speakers," 31 July 2020 The result is often millions of YouTube views, and an awful lot of corresponding advertising revenue. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "#PokimaneBoyfriend and the Scandalous Reign of Drama YouTube," 31 July 2020 The victim contacted the owners of the lot and was told that several companies and drivers park their trucks there. cleveland, "Motorist shares secret with police -- he is drunk: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 30 July 2020 To accommodate this, Perry constructed new buildings on the Atlanta lot to provide housing and keep employees safe from the rest of the state's surging coronavirus cases. CBS News, "Inside Tyler Perry's "Camp Quarantine": How his studio wrapped production coronavirus-free and ahead of schedule," 29 July 2020

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

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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lot. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for lot

lot

noun
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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

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