allot


allot
allot, assign, apportion, allocate mean to give as one’s share, portion, role, or place.
Allot implies more or less arbitrary or haphazard selection and in itself conveys no suggestion of a fair or equal distribution
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allotted himself an hour a day for exercise

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allot 500 square feet to an exhibitor

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he had been allotted a small sitting room— Mackenzie

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Brutus and Cassius . . . were allotted the minor governments of Crete and Cyrene— Buchan

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Assign stresses authoritative and usually fixed allotment; it too carries no hint of an even division
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this original and supreme will organizes the government, and assigns to different departments their respective powers— John Marshall

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to each month there has been assigned by tradition a birthstone considered appropriate to that month— Nurnberg & Rosenblum

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Apportion, on the other hand, implies a principle of fair division, sometimes of equivalence in sharing, but more often of a proportionate distribution
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after each decennial census Congress apportions the number of representatives to be elected by each state

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his guardians had apportioned to him an allowance . . . adequate to his position— Disraeli

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Allocate is used chiefly in reference to money, property, territory, or powers, and suggests definite appropriation to a particular person or group or dedication to a particular use
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allocate a sum of money for the construction of a bridge

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districts of Czechoslovakia allocated to Germany by the Munich Agreement

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the Marine Corps would be allocated primary responsibility for amphibious development and doctrine pertaining to landing forces— Collier’s Yr. Bk.

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Analogous words: divide, dispense, *distribute, deal, dole: *give, bestow
Contrasted words: *keep, retain, withhold, detain, hold, hold back: confiscate, appropriate, *arrogate

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  • allot — al‧lot [əˈlɒt ǁ əˈlɑːt] verb allotted PTandPP allotting PRESPART [transitive] to decide officially to give something to someone or to use something for a particular purpose: • Each employee was allotted 100 shares in the company. * * * allot UK… …   Financial and business terms

  • Allot — Al*lot , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Allotted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Allotting}.] [OF. aloter, F. allotir; a (L. ad) + lot lot. See {Lot}.] 1. To distribute by lot. [1913 Webster] 2. To distribute, or parcel out in parts or portions; or to distribute to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • allot — I verb addicere, administer, adsignare, allocate, appoint, apportion, assign, deal, delimit, demarcate, designate, dispense, disperse, dispose, distribuere, distribute, divide, dole, earmark, indicate, measure, mete, mete out, parcel out,… …   Law dictionary

  • allot — [ə lät′] vt. allotted, allotting [OFr aloter < a , to + loter < lot, lot, of Gmc orig.: see LOT] 1. to distribute by lot or in arbitrary shares; apportion 2. to give or assign as one s share [each speaker is allotted five minutes] SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • Allot — Le nom est notamment porté en Bretagne (56, 22) et dans la Somme. Au moins en Picardie, ce devrait être une variante de Hallot (voir ce nom). A envisager aussi le diminutif d un nom de personne, peut être le prénom féminin Alis (voir ce nom) …   Noms de famille

  • allot — (v.) late 15c., from O.Fr. aloter (Mod.Fr. allotir) to divide by lots, to divide into lots, from à to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + loter lot, a word of Germanic origin (Cf. Goth. hlauts, O.H.G. hloz, O.E. hlot; see LOT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • allot — verb has inflected forms allots, allotted, allotting, but note allotment (one t) …   Modern English usage

  • allot — [v] assign; give portion admeasure, allocate, appoint, apportion, appropriate, assign, budget, cut, cut the pie*, designate, distribute, divvy*, dole, earmark, mete, set aside, share, shell out*, slice, split up; concepts 41,108 Ant. disallow,… …   New thesaurus

  • allot — ► VERB (allotted, allotting) ▪ apportion or assign to. DERIVATIVES allottee noun. ORIGIN Old French aloter, from Latin loter divide into lots …   English terms dictionary

  • Allot — Infobox Company | company name = Allot Communications company company type = Public (nasdaq|ALLT) foundation = 1996 industry = Technology revenue = $34.1 million USD num employees = 250 location = Hod Hasharon, Israel key people = CEO: Rami Hadar …   Wikipedia


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