Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To parcel out; distribute or apportion: allotting land to homesteaders; allot blame.
  • transitive v. To assign as a portion; allocate: allotted 20 minutes to each speaker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To distribute or apportion by (or as if by) lot
  • v. To assign or designate as a task or for a purpose

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To distribute by lot.
  • transitive v. To distribute, or parcel out in parts or portions; or to distribute to each individual concerned; to assign as a share or lot; to set apart as one's share; to bestow on; to grant; to appoint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To divide or distribute as by lot; distribute or parcel out; apportion: as, to allot shares in a public company.
  • To grant; assign; appropriate: as, to allot a sum of money for some specific purpose.
  • To appoint; destine; set apart.
  • Synonyms Dispense, Distribute, etc. See dispense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. administer or bestow, as in small portions
  • v. allow to have
  • v. give out

Etymologies

Middle English alotten, from Old French aloter : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + lot, portion (of Germanic origin).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French aloter (French: allotir). à + lot. (Wiktionary)

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