Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A large extent, amount, or number. Often used in the plural: is in a lot of trouble; has lots of friends.
  • n. Informal Used adverbially with a or in the plural to mean "to a great degree or extent” or "frequently”: felt a lot better; ran lots faster; doesn't go out a whole lot; has seen her lots lately.
  • n. A piece of land having specific boundaries, especially one constituting a part of a city, town, or block.
  • n. A piece of land used for a given purpose: a parking lot.
  • n. The complete grounds of a film studio.
  • n. The outdoor area of a film studio.
  • n. An object used in making a determination or choice at random: casting lots.
  • n. The use of objects in making a determination or choice at random: chosen by lot.
  • n. The determination or choice so made.
  • n. Something that befalls one because of or as if because of determination by lot.
  • n. One's fortune in life; fate.
  • n. A number of associated people or things: placating an angry lot of tenants; kids who made a noisy lot.
  • n. Kind; type: That dog is a contented lot.
  • n. Miscellaneous articles sold as one unit.
  • transitive v. To apportion by lots; allot.
  • transitive v. To divide (land) into lots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large quantity or number; a great deal.
  • n. A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively.
  • n. One or more items auctioned or sold as a unit, separate from other items.
  • n. A number of people taken collectively.
  • n. A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field.
  • n. That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate.
  • n. Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used in determining a question by chance, or without human choice or will.
  • n. The part, or fate, that falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning.
  • n. A prize in a lottery.
  • n. Allotment; lottery.
  • n. All members of a set; everything.
  • n. An old unit of weight used in many European countries from the Middle Ages, often defined as 1/30 or 1/32 of a (local) pound.
  • v. To allot; to sort; to apportion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate.
  • n. Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used in determining a question by chance, or without man's choice or will.
  • n. The part, or fate, which falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning.
  • n. A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively; all objects sold in a single purchase transaction; ; -- colloquially, sometimes of people
  • n. A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field.
  • n. A large quantity or number; a great deal
  • n. A prize in a lottery.
  • transitive v. To allot; to sort; to portion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A means of determining something by chance; anything (as dice, pieces of paper of different lengths or differently marked, so placed that these differences cannot be perceived) used to decide a choice, advantage, dispute, etc. See to cast lots, to draw lots, below.
  • n. That which is determined or assigned by lot; that which one gets by the drawing or casting of lots, or by some other fortuitous method; a chance allotment, share, or portion, as of land, money, service, etc.
  • n. Share or portion in life allotted in any casual way; station or condition determined by the chances of life; fortune; destiny: as, the lot of the poor.
  • n. Any distinct part or parcel; a portion or part separated from others of the same kind: as, a lot of goods; a lot of furniture. Specifically
  • n. A portion or parcel of land; any piece of land divided off or set apart for a particular use or purpose: as, a building-lot; a pasture-lot; all that lot, piece, or parcel of ground (a formula in legal instruments).
  • n. Proportion or share of taxes.
  • n. Tribute; toll.
  • n. In mining, dues to the lord of the manor for ingress and egress.
  • n. A large or considerable number or amount; a great deal: as, a lot of people: often used in the plural (and the plural even as an adverb, meaning ‘a great deal’): as, he has lots of money.
  • n. plural A game formerly played with roundels on which short verses were written: used as a singular.
  • n. The shoot of a tree.
  • n. Synonyms Hap, destiny, fate, doom, allotment.
  • To allot; assign; distribute; award.
  • To cast lots.
  • n. An individual person: usually with bad.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
  • n. an unofficial association of people or groups
  • n. (Old Testament) nephew of Abraham; God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah but chose to spare Lot and his family who were told to flee without looking back at the destruction
  • n. any collection in its entirety
  • n. anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random
  • n. a parcel of land having fixed boundaries
  • v. divide into lots, as of land, for example
  • v. administer or bestow, as in small portions
  • n. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English hlot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hlot ("portion, choice, decision"), from Proto-Germanic *hlutan. Cognate with Dutch lot, Old High German hluz. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • As they start researching, the details of the picture come together for the reader, who wonders why the heck they don't get it a lot sooner and run away to Australia (as if that might make their lives any safer -- Max has a _lot_ of money and no ethics at all).

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  • Then Fabrice came to my house and we worked a lot, I mean * a lot*, together in exhausting but very exciting big work sessions.

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  • "I've done a lot of thinking over there in my little Hut -- a _lot_ of it, and I know this country has gotten a hold on me, some way.

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