- Allot means to put aside for a particular reason.
A wife putting aside dinner on a plate for her husband when he comes home is an example of allot.
- The definition of allot means to give out a certain amount or share.
An example of allot is a child giving out equal numbers of playing cards to each player.
- Allot is defined as to earmark or designate.
An example of allot is setting aside a piece of land meant for a children's playground to be built on it.
- to distribute by lot or in arbitrary shares; apportion
- to give or assign as one's share: each speaker is allotted five minutes
Origin of allotOld French aloter ; from a-, to + loter, to divide by lot or into lots ; from lot, lot, of Germanic origin, originally : see lot
transitive verbal·lot·ted, al·lot·ting, al·lots
- To parcel out; distribute or apportion: allotting land to homesteaders; allot blame.
- To assign as a portion; allocate: allotted 20 minutes to each speaker.
Origin of allotMiddle English alotten, from Old French aloter : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad–) + lot, portion (of Germanic origin).
(third-person singular simple present allots, present participle allotting, simple past and past participle allotted)
From Old French aloter (French: allotir). à + lot.