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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
lot /lɑt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- [countable] one of a set of objects, as straws or pebbles, drawn or thrown from a container to decide a question or choice by chance.
- the casting or drawing of such objects[uncountable]to choose a person by lot.
- fate; fortune;
usually singular]Her lot was not a happy one.
- a distinct piece of land[countable]a building lot.
- a distinct piece or parcel, as of merchandise[countable]The furniture was auctioned off in 20 lots.
- the whole number or amount of things or persons[uncountable; the + ~;
usually used with a plural verb]The whole lot of them are missing.
sort[countable; usually singular;
usually: a + ~]That group's a bad lot.
- [countable] a great many: [a + ~ + of + plural noun]a lot of books.[lots + of + plural noun]She had lots of books.
- [countable] a great deal: [a + ~ + of + uncountable noun]They had a lot of money.[lots + of + uncountable noun]She had lots of money.
- Idiomsa lot, to a great degree; much:I feel a lot better.
- Idiomsdraw or cast lots, to settle a question by the use of lots:They drew lots to decide.
(lot), n., v., lot•ted, lot•ting, adv.
- one of a set of objects, as straws or pebbles, drawn or thrown from a container to decide a question or choice by chance.
- the casting or drawing of such objects as a method of deciding something:to choose a person by lot.
- the decision or choice made by such a method.
- allotted share or portion:to receive one's lot of an inheritance.
- the portion in life assigned by fate or Providence; one's fate, fortune, or destiny:Her lot had not been a happy one.
- a distinct portion or piece of land:a building lot.
- a piece of land forming a part of a district, city, or other community.
- Dialect Terms[South Midland and Southern U.S.]a farmyard or barnyard.
- a piece of land having the use specified by the attributive noun or adjective:a parking lot; a used-car lot.
- Show Business[Motion Pictures.]a motion-picture studio and its surrounding property.
- a distinct portion or parcel of anything, as of merchandise:The furniture was to be auctioned off in 20 lots.
- a number of things or persons collectively:There's one more, and that's the lot.
- kind of person; sort:He's a bad lot.
- Often,lots. a great many or a great deal:a lot of books; lots of money.
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a tax or duty.
- Idiomscast or cast in one's lot with, to ally oneself with;
share the life and fortunes of:She had cast her lot with the bohemian crowd.
- Idiomsdraw or cast lots, to settle a question by the use of lots:They drew lots to see who would go first.
- to divide or distribute by lot (sometimes fol. by out):to lot furniture for sale; to lot out apples by the basketful.
- to assign to one as his or her lot;
- to divide into lots, as land.
- [Obs.]to cast or draw lots for.
- to draw lots.
- Often,lots. a great deal;
greatly:Thanks a lot for the ride. I care lots about my family.
4 . part, quota. 7 . plot, parcel. 12 . group, crowd, gang.
1805–15 for def. 14;
Old English hlot portion, choice, decision;
cognate with Dutch lot, Old Norse hlutr;
akin to Old English hlīet, German Los, Old Norse hlaut, Gothic hlauts lot
- Biblethe nephew of Abraham. His wife was changed into a pillar of salt for looking back during their flight from Sodom. Gen. 13:1–12, 19.
Drugs(in prescriptions) a lotion.
- Place Namesa river in S France, flowing W to the Garonne. 300 mi. (480 km) long.
- Place Namesa department in S France. 150,725;
2018 sq. mi. (5225 sq. km). Cap.: Cahors.
Etymology: Latin lōtiō
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lot /lɒt/ pron
- (functioning as singular or plural) preceded by a: a great number or quantity: a lot to do, a lot of people, a lot of trouble
adv (preceded by a) informal
- a collection of objects, items, or people: a nice lot of youngsters
- portion in life; destiny; fortune: it falls to my lot to be poor
- any object, such as a straw or slip of paper, drawn from others at random to make a selection or choice (esp in the phrase draw or cast lots)
- the use of lots in making a selection or choice (esp in the phrase by lot)
- an assigned or apportioned share
- an item or set of items for sale in an auction
- chiefly US Canadian an area of land: a parking lot
- US Canadian a piece of land with fixed boundaries
- chiefly US Canadian a film studio and the site on which it is located
- a bad lot ⇒ an unpleasant or disreputable person
- cast in one's lot with, throw in one's lot with ⇒ to join with voluntarily and share the fortunes of
- the lot ⇒ the entire amount or number
vb (lots, lotting, lotted)
- to a considerable extent, degree, or amount; very much: to delay a lot
- a great deal of the time or often: to sing madrigals a lot
See also lotsEtymology: Old English hlot; related to Old High German lug portion of land, Old Norse hlutr lot, share
- to draw lots for (something)
- (transitive) to divide (land, etc) into lots
another word for allot
Lot /lɒt/ n
- a department of S central France, in Midi-Pyrénées region. Capital: Cahors. Pop: 164 413 (2003 est). Area: 5226 sq km (2038 sq miles)
- a river in S France, rising in the Cévennes and flowing west into the Garonne River. Length: about 483 km (300 miles)
Lot /lɒt/ n
- Abraham's nephew: he escaped the destruction of Sodom, but his wife was changed into a pillar of salt for looking back as they fled (Genesis 19)
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