verb (used with object), lot·ted, lot·ting.
verb (used without object), lot·ted, lot·ting.
Origin of lot
Synonyms for lot
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Contemporary Examples of lots
They are made in a social setting, surrounded by lots of other people with various ways to resist bad decisions.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Some people worship money, some people worship power, and lots of people worship themselves.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
No sign of any North Koreans, just lots of common, or garden, internet cybercriminals.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
Sharp did lots of school plays, which led to a role in amateur operetta, then professional pantomime.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
Her staff had "lots of meetings" over Thanksgiving break, Feinstein said.CIA Torture Report ‘Days’ Away, Feinstein Says
December 2, 2014
Historical Examples of lots
I'd rather trust your judgment now than lots of older men down there.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There will be lots of work for me before this night is over.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
"Lots of those fellows about in my day," said the Mound-Builder.The Trail Book
I know what I am saying for I have come here lots and lots of times just to listen.The Boy Life of Napoleon
But some on 'em did have lots of work on their hands, I couldn't dispute it.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 5.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
adverb (preceded by a) informal
verb lots, lotting or lotted
Word Origin 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.
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.