A large quantity or number; a great deal.
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- He wrote to her he might be detained in London by a lot of business.
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A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively.
One or more items auctioned or sold as a unit, separate from other items.
(informal) A number of people taken collectively.
A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field.
That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate.
- The defendants leased a house and lot in the city of New York.
Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used in determining a question by chance, or without human choice or will.
- But save my life, which lot before your foot doth lay.
* Bible, Proverbs xvi. 33
- The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.
The part, or fate, that falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning.
- If we draw lots , he speeds.
* Alexander Pope
- O visions ill foreseen! Each day's lot's / Enough to bear.
- He was but born to try / The lot of man — to suffer and to die.
A prize in a lottery.
- as Jones alone was discovered, the poor lad bore not only the whole smart, but the whole blame; both which fell again to his lot on the following occasion.
* 1990 : (Donald Kagan), Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy , chapter 2: “Politician”, page 40 (Guild Publishing; 2239)
All members of a set; everything.
- The Greeks expected their leaders to show physical courage, whether in the athletic arena or in battle, as well as piety, generosity, and nobility. Cimon had risen to power chiefly because of his military prowess, and any rival must be able to show at least honorable service and military competence. By this time, moreover, the generals were coming to be the most important political figures in Athens. Archons served only for one year and, since 487/6, they were chosen by lot . Generals, on the other hand, were chosen by direct election and could be reelected without limit.
- The table was loaded with food, but by evening there was nothing but crumbs; we had eaten the lot .
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.
* (large quantity or number) load, mass, pile
* (number of things taken collectively) batch, collection, group, set
* crowd, gang, group
* (distinct portion or plot of land) allotment, parcel, plot
* (that which happens without human design or forethought) destiny, fate, fortune
* (anything used in determining a question by chance)
* (fate that falls to one by chance)
* (prize in a lottery) prize
* See also
* a lot
(dated) To allot; to sort; to apportion.
(US, informal, dated) To count]] or [[reckon on, reckon (on'' or ''upon ).
Fate; a predetermined or unavoidable destiny.
* (fate) destiny, fate, fortune, lot
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