lot

A lot is a plot of land. When you buy a house, you also buy the lot on which it sits.

If there's an empty lot in your neighborhood, it means there's a space covered with grass or pavement that's large enough for a house or building to fit there. Another kind of lot is a set or group of items. At an auction or estate sale, you might find a lot of antique silver spoons for sale, or a lot of comic books — in either case, the lot is a collection.

Primary Meanings of lot

1.
n
anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random
2.
n
your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
3.
n
any collection in its entirety
4.
n
(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
5.
nv
a parcel of land having fixed boundaries
divide into lots, as of land, for example
6.
n
an unofficial association of people or groups
Full Definitions of lot
1

n anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random

Synonyms:
draw
Type of:
object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
2

n your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

“has a happy lot
Synonyms:
circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, luck, portion
Types:
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good fortune, good luck, luckiness
an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
providence
a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
failure
lack of success
prosperity, successfulness
the condition of prospering; having good fortune
blessing, boon
a desirable state
weakness
the condition of being financially weak
adversity, hard knocks, hardship
a state of misfortune or affliction
gutter, sewer, toilet
misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
hard cheese
bad luck
bankruptcy
a state of complete lack of some abstract property
bank failure
the inability of a bank to meet its credit obligations
crop failure
the failure of crops to produce a marketable surplus
dead duck
something doomed to failure
Type of:
condition
a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
3

n any collection in its entirety

Synonyms:
bunch, caboodle
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole
4

n (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

“a lot of money”
Synonyms:
batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
Types:
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent
an overwhelming number or amount
haymow
a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
Type of:
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
5

n a parcel of land having fixed boundaries

“he bought a lot on the lake”
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car park, park, parking area, parking lot
a lot where cars are parked
building site, vacant lot
a lot on which there are no permanent buildings
sandlot
a vacant lot used by city boys to play games
used-car lot
a parking lot where a dealer in used-cars displays cars for sale
Type of:
parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
an extended area of land

v divide into lots, as of land, for example

Type of:
carve up, dissever, divide, separate, split, split up
separate into parts or portions

v administer or bestow, as in small portions

Synonyms:
administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, mete out, parcel out, shell out
Types:
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allot, 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
6

n an unofficial association of people or groups

“they were an angry lot
Synonyms:
band, circle, set
Types:
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car pool
a small group of car drivers who arrange to take turns driving while the others are passengers
camp, clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
cohort
a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
confederacy, conspiracy
a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
Four Hundred
the exclusive social set of a city
horsey set, horsy set
a set of people sharing a devotion to horses and horseback riding and horse racing
jet set
a set of rich and fashionable people who travel widely for pleasure
company, party
a band of people associated temporarily in some activity
Bloomsbury Group
an inner circle of writers and artists and philosophers who lived in or around Bloomsbury early in the 20th century and were noted for their unconventional lifestyles
bohemia
a group of artists and writers with real or pretended artistic or intellectual aspirations and usually an unconventional life style
brain trust, kitchen cabinet
an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government
loop
an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan)
cabal, camarilla, faction, junto
a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
junta, military junta
a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
maffia, mafia
any tightly knit group of trusted associates
faction, sect
a dissenting clique
fatigue party
a group of soldiers on fatigue duty
landing party
a part of a ship's company organized for special duties ashore
party to the action, party to the transaction
a party of people taking a role in legal proceedings
rescue party
a party of rescuers
search party
a party of people to search for someone
stretcher party
a party of people with stretchers to carry an injured person
war party
a band of warriors who raid or fight an enemy (used especially of Native Americans)
galere, rogue's gallery
a coterie of undesirable people
hard core
the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement
Type of:
social group
people sharing some social relation

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