V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to give out in small portions; 2. to allow to have
Synonyms: allocate, apportion, dispense, distribute, dole out, give out
Antonyms: withhold, keep, retain
Tips: Allot is derived from the Germanic lot, "portion." Think, "to assign or reserve a portion of something." The difference between allocate and allot is subtle, as the words are synonyms. However, allot may be more likely to refer to something already apportioned or distributed, while allocate may be more likely to refer to something set aside or designated. However, both words can also take on the other meaning.
Each candidate was allotted five minutes for his speech and three minutes for a rebuttal. (apportioned, given)
The bus driver allotted all of the front seats to the best-behaved children. (gave out, allocated)
We will do our best to allot the prizes fairly and equally. (distribute, dole out)
The company will allot nearly forty percent of its revenue to marketing this year. (allocate, apportion)
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