Definition of allot in English:


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transitive verbtransitive verb allots, transitive verb allotting, transitive verb allotted

[with object]
  • Give or apportion (something) to someone as a share or task.

    ‘equal time was allotted to each’
    • ‘I was allotted a little room in the servants' block’
    • ‘She made a name for herself in the mid-1990s by charging that MIT discriminated against female scientists, allotting them less lab space and giving them fewer plum assignments.’
    • ‘One portion of each side of the road is allotted for pedestrians, the other portion for cyclists.’
    • ‘The government too had to be blamed as a portion of the lake was allotted for sale.’
    • ‘We were then divided into groups and told to allot tasks such as kayaking, snorkelling and archery to various members.’
    • ‘Finally, my ears perked when she rattled off our room numbers and allotted our keys.’
    • ‘Intent and effort toward holistic living is more important than trying to allot equal time to different parts of life.’
    • ‘While allotting money to these institutional programs is federally mandated, states are not required to provide home-based alternatives, and many don't.’
    • ‘In an angry outburst against institutions that fleece their students, he argues against allotting different dates to pay fees for different classes.’
    • ‘The statistics are difficult to assess as allotting causes of various types of collapse to overwork is medically controversial and often socially embarrassing.’
    • ‘Their three-room house was built five years ago on five cents of land allotted by the Government.’
    • ‘Much of the human population there lacks the essentials, so of course homeless dogs and cats are allotted next to nothing.’
    • ‘They should resign from those positions because the posts were allotted to the party, not to them.’
    • ‘His uncle who has a furniture shop has allotted a table space outside the shop to help him operate from there.’
    • ‘At that point, if you steal my remote, or my one daily allotted cookie, I will wail on you.’
    • ‘They were allotted three meals a day, but there was a catch: their hands never came out of restraints.’
    • ‘In all the big swing states, electors are allotted on a winner-take-all basis.’
    • ‘The first floor is thought to have housed a communal dormitory, with each vicar allotted a bay.’
    • ‘The report calls for a dramatic restructuring of how aid is allotted in the region.’
    • ‘She allots roles only towards the end, so that ‘every girl knows the play, and knows it well‘.’
    • ‘To answer that question, Snyder told me that she allots two hours a day where she must sit down and write.’
    allocate, assign, issue, award, grant, administer, devote
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/əˈlät/ /əˈlɑt/


Late 15th century from Old French aloter, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to’) + loter ‘divide into lots’.