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
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v give out

Synonyms:
assign, portion
Types:
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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
Type of:
administer, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
administer or bestow, as in small portions

v administer or bestow, as in small portions

Synonyms:
administer, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
Types:
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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
Type of:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v allow to have

Synonyms:
accord, grant
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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