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[uh-lot] /əˈlɒt/
verb (used with object), allotted, allotting.
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
late Middle English
1425-75; earlier alot, late Middle English alotten < Middle French aloter, equivalent to a- a-5 + lot lot (< Germanic) + -er infinitive suffix
Related forms
allottable, adjective
allotter, noun
misallot, verb (used with object), misallotted, misallotting.
preallot, verb (used with object), preallotted, preallotting.
reallot, verb (used with object), reallotted, reallotting.
unallotted, adjective
well-allotted, adjective
Can be confused
a lot, allot.
Synonym Study
1. See assign. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for allotting
Historical Examples
  • The living spouse may not deviate from custom in allotting the property of the deceased.

    Ifugao Law R. F. Burton
  • An important function of the town meeting was in allotting land.

    The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton
  • The regulating and allotting of cabins to each particular officer was first established.

  • To-day, though that old-established custom is observed, the method of allotting the vein and granting title has been changed.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • The while Haviland had hardly noticed how the other had been allotting all the choicest bits to his share.

    Haviland's Chum Bertram Mitford
  • In allotting blame, as between Robinson and himself, the proportion was six of one and half a dozen of the other.

  • This game is supposed to have originated in early methods of allotting land.

  • We do not know enough of the circumstances to be sure of allotting censure in exact and rightful measure.

  • I advocated the subdivision of the land, allotting to each family what it could cultivate and measuring their crops separately.

  • Hence Mr. Middleton suggests the evil admits of an easy remedy, namely, the allotting to each cottager a piece of ground.

British Dictionary definitions for allotting


verb (transitive) -lots, -lotting, -lotted
to assign or distribute (shares, etc)
to designate for a particular purpose: money was allotted to cover expenses
(foll by to) apportion: we allotted two hours to the case
Word Origin
C16: from Old French aloter, from lot portion, lot
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Word Origin and History for allotting



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.

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