allot

[ uh-lot ]
/ əˈlɒt /

verb (used with object), al·lot·ted, al·lot·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.

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 forms

Can be confused

a lot allot

Synonym study

1. See assign.
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British Dictionary definitions for allot

allot

/ (əˈlɒt) /

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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