American English

Definition of lot noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    area of land
  1. 1[countable] an area of land used for a particular purpose a parking lot a vacant lot (= one available to be built on or used for something) We're going to build a house on this lot. Thesauruslandlot ground space plotThese words all mean an area of land that is used for a particular an area of ground, especially one that is used for a particular purpose:agricultural landlot a piece of land that is used or intended for a particular purpose:building lots a parking lotground (often used in compounds) an area of land that is used for a particular purpose:The kids were playing on a playground near the school. the site of an ancient burial groundland, lot, or ground?Land is used for large areas of open land in the country, especially when it is used for farming. A lot is often a smaller piece of land in a town or city, especially one intended for building or parking on. Ground is any area of open land; a ground is an area of land designed or used for a particular purpose or a large area of land that has no buildings on it:The city has plenty of open space. the wide open spaces of the Canadian prairiesplot a small piece of land used or intended for a particular purpose:She bought a small plot of land to build a house. a vegetable plotlot or plot?Either a lot or a plot can be used for building on. Only a plot can also be used for growing vegetables or burying people.Patterns (an) open land/ground/space (a/an) empty/vacant land/lot/ground/plot
  2. luck/situation
  3. 2[singular] a person's luck or situation in life synonym destiny She was feeling dissatisfied with her lot.
  4. whole amount/number
  5. 3the lot, the whole lot [singular] (informal) the whole number or amount of people or things He's bought a new PC, color printer, scanner—the lot. This series is the best of the lot.
  6. group/set
  7. 4[countable] a group or set of people or things The first lot of visitors have arrived.
  8. items to be sold
  9. 5[countable] an item or a number of items to be sold, especially at an auction Lot 46: six chairs
  10. Idioms
    all over the lot
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    = place
    using a method of choosing someone to do something in which each person takes a piece of paper, etc. from a container and the one whose paper has a special mark is chosen
    draw/cast lots (for something/to do something)
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    to choose someone or something by lot They drew lots for the right to go first.
    throw in your lot with somebody
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    to decide to join someone and share their successes and problems
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lot