Definition of lot adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɑːt//
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  1. 1  a lot (informal lots) used with adjectives and adverbs to mean ‘much’ I'm feeling a lot better today. I eat lots less than I used to.
  2. 2  a lot used with verbs to mean ‘a great amount’ I care a lot about you. Thanks a lot for your help. I play tennis quite a lot (= often) in the summer.
  3. Word OriginOld English hlot (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lot, German Los. The original meaning was ‘by lot’ and (by extension) the sense ‘a portion assigned to someone’; this gave rise to the other noun senses. The pronoun and adverb uses date from the early 19th cent. Grammar Pointmuch / a lot of / lots of Much is used only with uncountable nouns. It is used mainly in questions and negative sentences:Do you have much free time? How much experience have you had? I don’t have much free time. In statements a lot of or lots of (informal) is much more common:‘How much (money) does she earn? She earns a lot of money. You can also use plenty (of). These phrases can also be used in questions and negative sentences. A lot of/​lots of is still felt to be informal, especially in British English, so in formal writing it is better to use much, a great deal of or a large amount of. Very much and a lot can be used as adverbs:I miss my family very much. I miss very much my family. I miss my family a lot. Thanks a lot. In negative sentences you can use much:I didn’t enjoy the film (very) much.
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