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.
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
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.
- All out
using all one’s resources; complete; total: an all-out effort. the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration): all the cake; all the way; all year. the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively): all students. the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree): with all […]
- All over
the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration): all the cake; all the way; all year. the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively): all students. the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree): with all due respect; with all speed. every: all kinds; all […]
- All outdoors, big as
see: big as life , def. 3.
- All over but the shouting
The outcome is a certainty, as in When Jim hit the ball over the fence, it was all over but the shouting. The term’s first use in print, in 1842, was by Welsh sportswriter Charles James Apperley, but some authorities believe it originated even earlier in the United States for a close political race. Today […]