Lot definition

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In the Bible, Abraham's nephew, whose wife was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back as they fled Sodom.
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To divide into lots.
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To apportion by lots; allot.
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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.

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A lot is defined as an object used to make a random choice.

An example of lot is a lottery ball.

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A large extent, amount, or number.

Is in a lot of trouble; has lots of friends.

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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.

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A number of associated people or things.

Placating an angry lot of tenants; kids who were a noisy lot.

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One's fortune in life; one's fate.

It was her lot to struggle for years in obscurity.

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One's portion in life; fortune.

Her unhappy lot.

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Miscellaneous articles sold as one unit.

A lot of stamps sold at an auction.

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An individual of a particular kind or type.

That dog is a contented lot.

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A piece of land having specific boundaries, especially one constituting a part of a city, town, or block.
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A piece of land used for a given purpose.

A parking lot.

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The complete grounds of a film studio.
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The outdoor area of a film studio.
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An object used in making a determination or choice at random.

Casting lots to see who will go first.

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The use of objects in making a determination or choice at random.

Chosen by lot.

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The determination or choice so made.

The lot fell on the widow's only son.

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A plot of ground.
  • A subdivision of a block in a town or city.
  • A parcel of land in a cemetery.
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(informal) A great number or amount.

A lot of cars, lots of money.

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(film) A studio with the surrounding area belonging to it; specif., the area used for outdoor filming.
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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.
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The use of such an object or objects in determining a matter.

To choose men by lot.

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The decision or choice arrived at by this means, regarded as the verdict of chance.
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What a person receives as the result of such a decision; share.
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A number of persons or things regarded as a group.
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A quantity of material processed or manufactured at the same time.
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(rare) To allot.
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To draw or cast lots.
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(bible, person, proper) Abraham's nephew, who, warned by two angels, fled from the doomed city of Sodom: his wife looked back to see the destruction and was turned into a pillar of salt: Gen. 19:1-26
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(place) River in S France, flowing west into the Garonne: c. 300 mi (483 km)
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A large quantity or number; a great deal.

To spend a lot of money; lots of people think so.

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A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively.

A lot of stationery.

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One or more items auctioned or sold as a unit, separate from other items.
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(informal) A number of people taken collectively.

A sorry lot; a bad lot.

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A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field.

A building lot in a city.

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That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate.
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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.

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The part, or fate, that falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning.
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A prize in a lottery.

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(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.

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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.
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(dated) To allot; to sort; to apportion.
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A nephew of Abraham in the Bible and Quran.
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A male given name of biblical origin; rare today.
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To divide (land) into lots.
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To divide (goods) into lots for sale.
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(informal) Sort (of person or persons)

They're a bad lot.

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a lot
  • a great deal; very much
    a lot happier.
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cast in one's lot with
  • to take one's chances in association with; share the fortune of
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draw lots
  • to decide an issue by using lots
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the lot
  • the whole of a quantity or number
    A dollar apiece, or ten for the lot.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lot
Plural:
lots

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of lot

  • Middle English from Old English hlot

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

  • From Old English hlot (“portion, choice, decision"), from Proto-Germanic *hlutÄ…. Cognate with Dutch lot, Old High German hluz.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Hebrew לוֹט (lot).

    From Wiktionary