allot

When you allot something, you are giving out portions: “Becky was able to allot five snacks per employee, but in the afternoon some workers sneaked back into the break room for more.”

Be careful not to mistake allot for “a lot” (a large number), which has a similar spelling and the same pronunciation. Use the verb allot when you need to describe the act of assigning portions of something — be it snacks, time, or blame. The word is often used in the sense of an official group, such as a government or a corporation, dividing up and distributing small portions of something desirable, such as funding, shares, or land: “Zenitech Corporation was able to allot land rights to four groups in the area.”

Definitions of allot
  1. verb
    give out
    synonyms: assign, portion
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    allow, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside
    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
    allocate, apportion
    distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
    reallocate, reapportion
    allocate, distribute, or apportion anew
    ration, ration out
    distribute in rations, as in the army
    award, present
    give, especially as an honor or reward
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    administer, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
  2. verb
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
    synonyms: administer, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
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    assign, portion
    give out
    reallot
    allot again
    deal
    distribute cards to the players in a game
    apply, give
    give or convey physically
    allow, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside
    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
    allocate, apportion
    distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
    misdeal
    deal cards wrongly
    tread
    apply (the tread) to a tire
    administer
    perform (a church sacrament) ritually
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    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  3. verb
    allow to have
    synonyms: accord, grant
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    types:
    give
    accord by verdict
    enfranchise
    grant voting rights
    type of:
    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
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