- 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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- 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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