verb (used with object), lot·ted, lot·ting.
verb (used without object), lot·ted, lot·ting.
Origin of lot
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Examples from the Web for lot
I think a lot of it has to do with the attitude and the energy behind it and the honesty.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There was a lot of positive feedback from people interested in non-gender binary people.
If anything the work the two cops and the maintenance guy were doing deserves more respect and probably helped a lot more people.
There was a lot of prison fiction from movies and books to mine.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A lot of people ring in the New Year with vows to lose weight and exercise.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Carlier said to Kayerts in a careless tone: "I say, chief, I might just as well give him a lift with this lot into the store."Tales of Unrest|Joseph Conrad
He wrote a lot of letters this morning and put them in his dispatch-box.'Farewell, Nikola'|Guy Boothby
So I think I did a good job and made a lot of friends, who used to write to me from there.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter, for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.The Apostles|Ernest Renan
I've lived and borne my lot these eight or nine long years, and can bear it longer if need be.Campaigning with Crook and Stories of Army Life|Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for lot (1 of 3)
adverb (preceded by a) informal
verb lots, lotting or lotted
Word Origin for lot
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Word Origin and History for lot
Old English hlot "object (anything from dice to straw, but often a chip of wood with a name inscribed on it) used to determine someone's share," also "what falls to a person by lot," from Proto-Germanic *khlutom (cf. Old Norse hlutr "lot, share," Old Frisian hlot "lot," Old Saxon hlot, Middle Dutch, Dutch lot, Old High German hluz "share of land," German Los; Old English hleotan "to cast lots, to foretell"), of unknown origin. The object was placed with others in a receptacle, which was shaken, the winner being the one that fell out first. Hence, to cast lots. In some cases the lots were drawn by hand. The word was adopted from Germanic into the Romanic languages (cf. lottery, lotto). Meaning "choice resulting from the casting of lots" first attested c.1200.
Sense of "plot of land" is first recorded 1630s (distribution of the best property in new settlements often determined by casting lots), that of "group, collection" is 1725, from notion of auction lots. The generalized sense of "great many" is first attested in 1812. To cast (one's) lot with another is to agree to share winnings.
Idioms and Phrases with lot (1 of 2)
see a lot; carry (a lot of) weight; cast one's lot with; fat chance (lot); have (a lot) going for one; have a lot on one's plate; leave a lot to be desired; quite a bit (lot); think a lot of.
Idioms and Phrases with lot (2 of 2)
Very many, a large number; also, very much. For example, A lot of people think the economy is declining, or Sad movies always made her cry a lot. It is sometimes put as a whole lot for greater emphasis, as in I learned a whole lot in his class. It may also emphasize a comparative indication of amount, as in We need a whole lot more pizza to feed everyone, or Mary had a lot less nerve than I expected. [Colloquial; early 1800s]