- 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 allotting
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.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves
To-day, though that old-established custom is observed, the method of allotting the vein and granting title has been changed.De Re Metallica
The while Haviland had hardly noticed how the other had been allotting all the choicest bits to his share.Haviland's Chum
- 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 allotting
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