Allot Definition

allots, allotted, allotting
allots, allotted, allotting
To parcel out; distribute or apportion.
Allotting land to homesteaders; allot blame.
American Heritage
To distribute by lot or in arbitrary shares; apportion.
Webster's New World
To assign as a portion; allocate.
Allotted 20 minutes to each speaker.
American Heritage
To give or assign as one's share.
Each speaker is allotted five minutes.
Webster's New World

To distribute or apportion by (as if by) lot.


Origin of Allot

  • Middle English alotten from Old French aloter a- to (from Latin ad- ad–) lot portion (of Germanic origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French aloter (French: allotir). à + lot.

    From Wiktionary

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