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lot

noun

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1 a small piece of land that is developed or available for development
  • the softball team often plays in the vacant lot down at the end of the street

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2 a considerable amount
  • you'll need to do a lot of studying for the test
  • you sure bought a lot of clothing

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3 a small area of usually open land
  • there were still plenty of Christmas trees available for sale in the lot

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4 a number of things considered as a unit
  • the auctioneer next introduced a lot containing several pieces of fine china

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5 a state or end that seemingly has been decided beforehand
  • will it always be my lot to be picked last in gym class?

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6 a group of people sharing a common interest and relating together socially
  • you should stop hanging out with that lot, or you'll end up in trouble

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7 a usually small number of persons considered as a unit
  • the school has a very strong science department, because there's not one bad teacher in the lot

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lot

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of lot (Entry 2 of 2)

to give as a share or portion
  • everyone is lotted opportunities in life, and it's their responsibility to take them

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How is the word lot distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of lot are destiny, doom, fate, and portion. While all these words mean "a predetermined state or end," lot and portion imply a distribution by fate or destiny, lot suggesting blind chance.

it was her lot to die childless

When might destiny be a better fit than lot?

In some situations, the words destiny and lot are roughly equivalent. However, 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

When could doom be used to replace lot?

Although the words doom and lot have much in common, doom distinctly implies a grim or calamitous fate.

if the rebellion fails, his doom is certain

When would fate be a good substitute for lot?

The synonyms fate and lot are sometimes interchangeable, but fate implies an inevitable and usually an adverse outcome.

the fate of the submarine is unknown

Where would portion be a reasonable alternative to lot?

While the synonyms portion and lot are close in meaning, portion implies the apportioning of good and evil.

remorse was his daily portion

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

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“Lot.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/lot. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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