- The definition of a lot is a large number or greater extent.
- An example of lot is someone with sixty pairs of socks, lots of socks.
- An example of lot is finishing a marathon one mile ahead of the other runners, to finish a lot ahead.
- A lot is defined as an object used to make a random choice.
An example of lot is a lottery ball.
- an object used in deciding a matter by chance, a number of these being placed in a container and then drawn or cast out at random one by one
- the use of such an object or objects in determining a matter: to choose men by lot
- the decision or choice arrived at by this means, regarded as the verdict of chance
- what a person receives as the result of such a decision; share
- one's portion in life; fortune: her unhappy lot
- a plot of ground; specif.,
- ⌂ a subdivision of a block in a town or city
- ⌂ a parcel of land in a cemetery
- a number of persons or things regarded as a group
- a quantity of material processed or manufactured at the same time
- Informal a great number or amount: a lot of cars, lots of money
- Informal sort (of person or persons): they're a bad lot
- ⌂ Film a studio with the surrounding area belonging to it; specif., the area used for outdoor filming
Origin of lotMiddle English ; from Old English hlot, akin to German los, Dutch lot, Old Norse hlutr, Gothic hlauts ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kl?u-, a hook, forked branch from source close, Classical Latin clavis, key
- to divide into lots
- Rare to allot
cast in one's lot with
Origin of LotClassical Hebrew (language) L??
- a lot or lots Informal a. A large extent, amount, or number: is in a lot of trouble; has lots of friends.b. Used adverbially to mean “to a great degree or extent” or “frequently”: felt a lot better; ran lots faster; doesn't go out a whole lot; has seen her lots lately.c. A number of associated people or things: placating an angry lot of tenants; kids who were a noisy lot.d. Miscellaneous articles sold as one unit: a lot of stamps sold at an auction.e. An individual of a particular kind or type: That dog is a contented lot.
- a. A piece of land having specific boundaries, especially one constituting a part of a city, town, or block.b. A piece of land used for a given purpose: a parking lot.c. The complete grounds of a film studio.d. The outdoor area of a film studio.
- a. An object used in making a determination or choice at random: casting lots to see who will go first.b. The use of objects in making a determination or choice at random: chosen by lot.c. The determination or choice so made: The lot fell on the widow's only son.d. One's fortune in life; one's fate: It was her lot to struggle for years in obscurity.
transitive verblot·ted, lot·ting, lots
- To apportion by lots; allot.
- To divide (land) into lots.
- To divide (goods) into lots for sale.
Origin of lotMiddle English, from Old English hlot.
- A large quantity or number; a great deal.
- to spend a lot of money; lots of people think so
- A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively.
- a lot of stationery
- One or more items auctioned or sold as a unit, separate from other items.
- (informal) A number of people taken collectively.
- a sorry lot; a bad lot
- A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field.
- a building lot in a city
- That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate.
- Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used in determining a question by chance, or without human choice or will.
- to cast lots; to draw lots
- The part, or fate, that falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning.
- A prize in a lottery.
- Allotment; lottery.
- (definite, the lot) All members of a set; everything.
- The table was loaded with food, but by evening there was nothing but crumbs; we had eaten the lot.
- If I were in charge, I'd fire the lot of them.
- An old unit of weight used in many European countries from the Middle Ages, often defined as 1/30 or 1/32 of a (local) pound.
(third-person singular simple present lots, present participle lotting, simple past and past participle lotted)
From Old English hlot (“portion, choice, decision"), from Proto-Germanic *hlutÄ…. Cognate with Dutch lot, Old High German hluz.
From Hebrew ×œ×•Ö¹×˜ (lot).