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allot

[uh-lot]
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verb (used with object), al·lot·ted, al·lot·ting.
  1. to divide or distribute by share or portion; distribute or parcel out; apportion: to allot the available farmland among the settlers.
  2. to appropriate for a special purpose: to allot money for a park.
  3. to assign as a portion; set apart; dedicate.

Origin of allot

1425–75; earlier alot, late Middle English alotten < Middle French aloter, equivalent to a- a-5 + lot lot (< Germanic) + -er infinitive suffix
Related formsal·lot·ta·ble, adjectiveal·lot·ter, nounmis·al·lot, verb (used with object), mis·al·lot·ted, mis·al·lot·ting.pre·al·lot, verb (used with object), pre·al·lot·ted, pre·al·lot·ting.re·al·lot, verb (used with object), re·al·lot·ted, re·al·lot·ting.un·al·lot·ted, adjectivewell-al·lot·ted, adjective
Can be confuseda lot allot

Synonym study

1. See assign.
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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 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


British Dictionary definitions for allotting

allot

verb -lots, -lotting or -lotted (tr)
  1. to assign or distribute (shares, etc)
  2. to designate for a particular purposemoney was allotted to cover expenses
  3. (foll by to) apportionwe 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

allot

v.

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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