- to divide or distribute by share or portion; distribute or parcel out; apportion: to allot the available farmland among the settlers.
- to appropriate for a special purpose: to allot money for a park.
- to assign as a portion; set apart; dedicate.
Origin of allot
1. See assign.
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Examples from the Web for allotted
[Laughs] Firth: Oh God… And with that, the interview was abruptly ended halfway into my allotted time by the publicist.Emma Stone and Colin Firth on Woody Allen, Shrinkage, and Live-Texting ‘Bridget Jones’
July 21, 2014
They try to scare you straight, and more money needs to be allotted to educate people about HIV/AIDS.Taylor Kitsch on ‘The Normal Heart,’ Homophobic Right-Wingers, and Gays in the Military
May 23, 2014
How much longer they work beyond their allotted 30 days is now a matter of unpredictable chance.If They Are Ever Found, Flight 370’s Black Boxes Should Go to the U.S.
April 8, 2014
However one Maori king has refused to meet the royals saying the 45-minute window he was allotted was not sufficiently respectful.Kate, William and George’s Tour of Australasia, Key Dates
March 20, 2014
Thirteen percent of South African land was allotted to black citizens during apartheid.Reel Numbers: The Golden Globe Nominees Are… (Video)
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January 12, 2014
To Billy Brue was allotted the easiest as being the most probable route.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But she had allotted their rooms well, and they approved her judgment.Weighed and Wanting
Uneasily, he had remained in the library until the allotted time was elapsed.Within the Law
It was very late, and they had over-passed the allotted time for coasting.Rico and Wiseli
The Viceroy, constrained to enlarge him, allotted the town for his place of confinement.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
- to assign or distribute (shares, etc)
- to designate for a particular purposemoney was allotted to cover expenses
- (foll by to) apportionwe allotted two hours to the case
C16: from Old French aloter, from lot portion, lot
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Word Origin and History for allotted
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