Verb allot Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


allot (third-person singular simple present allots, present participle allotting, simple past and past participle allotted)

  1. (transitive) To distribute or apportion by (or as if by) lot.
  2. (transitive) To assign or designate as a task or for a purpose.

More definition: divide or distribute by share or portion; distribute or parcel out; apportion, to allot the available farmland among the settlers. appropriate for a special purpose, to allot money for a park. assign as a portion; set apart; dedicate.

1. to assign or distribute (shares, etc)

2. to designate for a particular purpose, money was allotted to cover expenses

3. (foll by to) apportion, we allotted two hours to the case Word OriginC16, from Old French aloter, from lot portion, lotCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 15c., from Old French aloter (Modern French allotir) "to divide by lots, to divide into lots," from à "to" (see ad-) + loter "lot," a word of Germanic origin (cf. Gothic hlauts, Old High German hloz, Old English hlot; see lot). Related, Allotted; allotting.


I'll not to cause a disturbance so allot us a site away from others.

As the arrondissement has neither property nor budget, the principal business of the council is to allot to each commune its share of the direct taxes imposed on the arrondissement by the general council.

Josephus's Jewish Wars and Antiquities differ by one in the number of years they allot to his reign over the tetrarchies (the former work says three years, the latter four), but agree in the more important datum that he reigned three years more after the grant from Claudius, which would make the latest limit of his death the spring of A.D.

In 1883 she was appointed special agent to allot lands to the Omaha tribes, in 1884 prepared and sent to the New Orleans Exposition an exhibit showing the progress of civilization among the Indians of North America in the quarter-century previous, in 1886 visited the natives of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands on a mission from the commissioner of education, and in 1887 was United States special agent in the distribution of lands among the Winnebagoes and Nez Perces.

To the latter--as distinguished from village, country, provincial, or even Moscow life--we may allot Petersburg life, and especially the life of its salons.

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