verb (allots, allotting, allotted)[with object]
- Give or apportion (something) to someone as a share or task: equal time was allotted to each [with two objects]: I was allotted a little room in the servants' blockMore example sentences
allocate to, assign to, apportion to, distribute to, issue to, grant to; earmark for, designate for, set aside for; hand out to/for, deal out to/for, dish out to/for, dole out to/for, give out to/for• informal divvy up for
- 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'.