allot


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.

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
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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