verb (used with object), lot·ted, lot·ting.
verb (used without object), lot·ted, lot·ting.
Origin of lot
Definition for lots (2 of 3)
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Examples from the Web for lots
They are made in a social setting, surrounded by lots of other people with various ways to resist bad decisions.
Some people worship money, some people worship power, and lots of people worship themselves.
No sign of any North Koreans, just lots of common, or garden, internet cybercriminals.
Sharp did lots of school plays, which led to a role in amateur operetta, then professional pantomime.
Her staff had "lots of meetings" over Thanksgiving break, Feinstein said.
She is the real thing–the real old-fashioned frump–we have lots of them at home.An American Politician|F. Marion Crawford
They were English officers with lots of ribbons on their jackets.The Red Watch|J. A. Currie
Never mind, Mary, you can come back to visit us and well write you lots of letters.Marjorie Dean, High School Junior|Pauline Lester
I don't know what is to be done next; play cards, I suppose; they do, whenever they get together, and lots of drinking.
Of course, lots o' things is impossible, but they happen all the same.A Book of Ghosts|Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for lots (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for lots (2 of 4)
adverb (preceded by a) informal
verb lots, lotting or lotted
Word Origin for lot
British Dictionary definitions for lots (3 of 4)
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Word Origin and History for lots
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 lots
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.