WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
lot /lɑt/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. [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.
  2. [uncountable] the casting or drawing of such objects:to choose a person by lot.
  3. [countable; usually singular] fate;
    destiny:Her lot was not a happy one.
  4. [countable] a distinct piece of land:a building lot.
  5. [countable] a distinct piece or parcel, as of merchandise:The furniture was auctioned off in 20 lots.
  6. [uncountable; the + ~;
    usually used with a plural verb]
    the whole number or amount of things or persons:The whole lot of them are missing.
  7. [countable;
    usually singular;
    usually: a + ~]
    sort:That group's a bad lot.
  8. [countable] a great many: [+ ~ + of + plural noun]a lot of books.[lots + of + plural noun]She had lots of books.
  9. [countable] a great deal: [+ ~ + of + uncountable noun]They had a lot of money.[lots + of + uncountable noun]She had lots of money.
  1. Idiomsa lot, to a great degree; much:I feel a lot better.
  2. Idiomsdraw or cast lots, to settle a question by the use of lots:They drew lots to decide.

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lot /lɒt/ pron
  1. (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
  1. a collection of objects, items, or people: a nice lot of youngsters
  2. portion in life; destiny; fortune: it falls to my lot to be poor
  3. 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)
  4. the use of lots in making a selection or choice (esp in the phrase by lot)
  5. an assigned or apportioned share
  6. an item or set of items for sale in an auction
  7. chiefly US Canadian an area of land: a parking lot
  8. US Canadian a piece of land with fixed boundaries
  9. chiefly US Canadian a film studio and the site on which it is located
  10. a bad lotan unpleasant or disreputable person
  11. cast in one's lot with, throw in one's lot withto join with voluntarily and share the fortunes of
  12. the lotthe entire amount or number
adv (preceded by a) informal
  1. to a considerable extent, degree, or amount; very much: to delay a lot
  2. a great deal of the time or often: to sing madrigals a lot
vb (lots, lotting, lotted)
  1. to draw lots for (something)
  2. (transitive) to divide (land, etc) into lots
  3. (transitive)
    another word for allot

See also lotsEtymology: Old English hlot; related to Old High German lug portion of land, Old Norse hlutr lot, share

Lot /lɒt/ n
  1. a department of S central France, in Midi-Pyrénées region. Capital: Cahors. Pop: 164 413 (2003 est). Area: 5226 sq km (2038 sq miles)
  2. 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
  1. 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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