Allot



to divide or distribute by share or portion; distribute or parcel out; apportion:
to allot the available farmland among the settlers.
to appropriate for a special purpose:
to allot money for a park.
to assign as a portion; set apart; dedicate.
Historical Examples

We allot them only a few hours to consider a given question.
Papers and proceedings of the thirty-fifth general meeting of the American Library Association, 1913 Various

Of those fifteen hundred, it is proposed to allot three hundred to each of us.
Roden’s Corner Henry Seton Merriman

And besides their assigning the twelve signs of the twelve houses, they allot to each house its proper business.
The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher Anonymous

He did not allot to it more than twenty lines out of a full column.
Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad

Persons agreeing to buy a ship’s cargo appoint a disinterested person to allot a share to each by affixing their respective names.
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth

And are you content that I should allot you a position in the wall?
The Irish Penny Journal, No. 2, Vol. I, July 11, 1840 Various

To allot them equal amounts of income would be to treat them unequally with regard to the requisites of life and self development.
Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan

I feel that mine will never change, whatever fortune may allot me.
The Battle of The Press Theophila Carlile Campbell

May the Most High ever allot to thee and to me tidings as joyful!
The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

To allot God a secondary place in life was, to me, inconceivable.
Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda

verb (transitive) -lots, -lotting, -lotted
to assign or distribute (shares, etc)
to designate for a particular purpose: money was allotted to cover expenses
(foll by to) apportion: we 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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