verb (allots, allotting, allotted)[with object]
- Give or apportion (something) to someone: equal time was allotted to each [with two objects]: I was allotted a little room in the servant’s blockMore example sentences
allocate, assign, issue, award, grant, administer, devote; earmark for, designate for, set aside for, appropriate for, budget for; share 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 out
- 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.
- The government too had to be blamed as a portion of the lake was allotted for sale.
late 15th century: from Old French aloter, from a- (from Latin ad 'to') + loter 'divide into lots'.