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

He never thought of allotting the blame, nor or appealing to Ansell, who still sat brooding in the side-garden.
The Longest Journey E. M. Forster

The living spouse may not deviate from custom in allotting the property of the deceased.
Ifugao Law R. F. Burton

Domestic harmony is in some degree provided for, by allotting a separate residence to each wife.
Journal of an African Cruiser Horatio Bridge

An important function of the town meeting was in allotting land.
The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton

It is a good plan to portion off the glorious vistas of Yosemite, allotting so many surprises to each day.
In the Footprints of the Padres Charles Warren Stoddard

The regulating and allotting of cabins to each particular officer was first established.
How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves W.H.G. Kingston

We do not know enough of the circumstances to be sure of allotting censure in exact and rightful measure.
Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2) John Morley

To-day, though that old-established custom is observed, the method of allotting the vein and granting title has been changed.
De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola

These four things I have mentioned he embraced in twelve books, allotting three to each.
The City of God, Volume I Aurelius Augustine

This game is supposed to have originated in early methods of allotting land.
Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium Jessie H. Bancroft

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.

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