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allot

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/ əĖˆlɒt /
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verb (used with object), alĀ·lotĀ·ted, alĀ·lotĀ·ting.
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.

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Origin of allot

First recorded in 1425ā€“75; earlier alot, late Middle English alotten, from Middle French aloter, equivalent to a- a-5 + lot lot (from Germanic ) + -er infinitive suffix

synonym study for allot

1. See assign.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH allot

a lot, allot
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British Dictionary definitions for allot

allot
/ (əĖˆlɒt) /

verb -lots, -lotting or -lotted (tr)
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

Word Origin for allot

C16: from Old French aloter, from lot portion, lot
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