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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.
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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 allotted

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  • To Billy Brue was allotted the easiest as being the most probable route.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • But she had allotted their rooms well, and they approved her judgment.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Uneasily, he had remained in the library until the allotted time was elapsed.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It was very late, and they had over-passed the allotted time for coasting.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • The Viceroy, constrained to enlarge him, allotted the town for his place of confinement.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz


British Dictionary definitions for allotted

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
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French aloter, from lot portion, lot
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Word Origin and History for allotted

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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