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.

Definitions of lot
  1. noun
    anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random
    synonyms: draw
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    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  2. noun
    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
    “has a happy lot
    synonyms: circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, luck, portion
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    good fortune, good luck, luckiness
    an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
    a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
    bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
    an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
    lack of success
    prosperity, successfulness
    the condition of prospering; having good fortune
    blessing, boon
    a desirable state
    the condition of being financially weak
    adversity, hard knocks, hardship
    a state of misfortune or affliction
    gutter, sewer, toilet
    a state of misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
    hard cheese
    bad luck
    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:
    a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
  3. noun
    any collection in its entirety
    synonyms: bunch, caboodle
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  4. noun
    (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
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    barrage, deluge, flood, flurry, inundation, torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
    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. noun
    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
    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
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    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  6. verb
    divide into lots, as of land, for example
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    carve up, dissever, divide, divvy, separate, split, split up
    separate into parts or portions
  7. verb
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
    synonyms: administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole, dole out, mete, mete out, parcel out, shell out
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    allot, assign, portion
    give out
    allot again
    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
    deal cards wrongly
    apply (the tread) to a tire
    perform (a church sacrament) ritually
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    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  8. noun
    an unofficial association of people or groups
    “they were an angry lot
    synonyms: band, circle, set
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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
    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
    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
    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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