WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
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. the casting or drawing of such objects:[uncountable]to choose a person by lot.
  3. fate;
    destiny:[countable;  usually singular]Her lot was not a happy one.
  4. a distinct piece of land:[countable]a building lot.
  5. a distinct piece or parcel, as of merchandise:[countable]The furniture was auctioned off in 20 lots.
  6. the whole number or amount of things or persons:[uncountable;  the + ~;usually used with a plural verb]The whole lot of them are missing.
  7. kind;
    sort:[countable;  usually singular;usually: a + ~]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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
lot  (lot),USA pronunciation n., v.,  lot•ted, lot•ting, adv. 
  1. 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. the casting or drawing of such objects as a method of deciding something:to choose a person by lot.
  3. the decision or choice made by such a method.
  4. allotted share or portion:to receive one's lot of an inheritance.
  5. the portion in life assigned by fate or Providence;
    one's fate, fortune, or destiny:Her lot had not been a happy one.
  6. a distinct portion or piece of land:a building lot.
  7. a piece of land forming a part of a district, city, or other community.
  8. Dialect Terms[South Midland and Southern U.S.]a farmyard or barnyard.
  9. a piece of land having the use specified by the attributive noun or adjective:a parking lot; a used-car lot.
  10. Show Business[Motion Pictures.]a motion-picture studio and its surrounding property.
  11. a distinct portion or parcel of anything, as of merchandise:The furniture was to be auctioned off in 20 lots.
  12. a number of things or persons collectively:There's one more, and that's the lot.
  13. kind of person;
    sort:He's a bad lot.
  14. Often,  lots. a great many or a great deal:a lot of books; lots of money.
  15. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a tax or duty.
  16. 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.
  17. Idiomsdraw or  cast lots, to settle a question by the use of lots:They drew lots to see who would go first.

  1. to divide or distribute by lot (sometimes fol. by out):to lot furniture for sale; to lot out apples by the basketful.
  2. to assign to one as his or her lot;
  3. to divide into lots, as land.
  4. [Obs.]to cast or draw lots for.

  1. to draw lots.

  1. Often,  lots. a great deal;
    greatly:Thanks a lot for the ride. I care lots about my family.
lotter, n. 
  • bef. 950; 1805–15 for def. 14; Middle English; 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
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged part, quota.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged plot, parcel.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged group, crowd, gang.

Lot  (lot),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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.

Lot  (lôt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Place Namesa river in S France, flowing W to the Garonne. 300 mi. (480 km) long.
  2. Place Namesa department in S France. 150,725;
    2018 sq. mi. (5225 sq. km). Cap.: Cahors.

  • Drugs(in prescriptions) a lotion.
    • Latin lōtiō

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    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)

    'lot' also found in these entries:
    Collocations: [furniture, art, wine, second-hand, auction house] lots, a lot of people [go, enjoy, say], US: a [private, public, company, communal] parking lot, more...

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