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Give or apportion (something) to someone:‘equal time was allotted to each’[with two objects] ‘I was allotted a little room in the servants' block’
allocate, assign, issue, award, grant, administer, devoteearmark for, designate for, set aside for, appropriate for, budget forshare out, apportion, portion out, distribute, hand out, deal out, dole out, give out, parcel out, ration out, divide out, divide up, dispense, measure out, mete outdivvy up, dish outView synonyms
- ‘We were then divided into groups and told to allot tasks such as kayaking, snorkelling and archery to various members.’
- ‘They were allotted three meals a day, but there was a catch: their hands never came out of restraints.’
- ‘She made a name for herself in the mid-1990s by charging that MIT discriminated against female scientists, allotting them less lab space and giving them fewer plum assignments.’
- ‘One portion of each side of the road is allotted for pedestrians, the other portion for cyclists.’
- ‘In an angry outburst against institutions that fleece their students, he argues against allotting different dates to pay fees for different classes.’
- ‘The report calls for a dramatic restructuring of how aid is allotted in the region.’
- ‘The statistics are difficult to assess as allotting causes of various types of collapse to overwork is medically controversial and often socially embarrassing.’
- ‘She allots roles only towards the end, so that ‘every girl knows the play, and knows it well‘.’
- ‘In all the big swing states, electors are allotted on a winner-take-all basis.’
- ‘The government too had to be blamed as a portion of the lake was allotted for sale.’
- ‘The first floor is thought to have housed a communal dormitory, with each vicar allotted a bay.’
- ‘His uncle who has a furniture shop has allotted a table space outside the shop to help him operate from there.’
- ‘Intent and effort toward holistic living is more important than trying to allot equal time to different parts of life.’
- ‘At that point, if you steal my remote, or my one daily allotted cookie, I will wail on you.’
- ‘While allotting money to these institutional programs is federally mandated, states are not required to provide home-based alternatives, and many don't.’
- ‘They should resign from those positions because the posts were allotted to the party, not to them.’
- ‘Finally, my ears perked when she rattled off our room numbers and allotted our keys.’
- ‘Their three-room house was built five years ago on five cents of land allotted by the Government.’
- ‘To answer that question, Snyder told me that she allots two hours a day where she must sit down and write.’
- ‘Much of the human population there lacks the essentials, so of course homeless dogs and cats are allotted next to nothing.’
Late 15th century: from Old French aloter, from a- (from Latin ad to) + loter divide into lots.
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