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lot

noun uk   /lɒt/ us    /lɑːt/

lot noun (LARGE AMOUNT)

a lot (of) informal
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A1 lots (of) a large amount or number of people or things: She eats lots of fruit. There were a lot of people there. He does a lot of travelling in his job. I've got a lot to do today. He earns lots of money. There's lots of food.
a lot A1 very much or very often: Your sister looks a lot like you. I'm feeling a lot better today. He looks a lot older than his wife. We used to go there a lot.have a lot to answer for to be the main cause of a problem or an unpleasant situation: People who sell drugs to kids have a lot to answer for.the lot informal everything: I made enough curry for three people and he ate the lot. Have I got everything? Is that the lot? I'll sell you the whole lot for only £50. I'm sick of the lot of them.

lot noun (GROUP)

[C] UK an amount or set of things, especially when there are several of these amounts: I've already done one lot of washing. Another lot of visitors will be here this afternoon.

lot noun (SALE)

[C] in an auction (= public sale), an object or set of objects that are being sold: Lot number 134 is a fine old walnut bureau.
See also

lot noun (LAND)

[C] mainly US an area of land: an empty lot a parking lot They're planning to build a house on a vacant lot on 35th Street. [C] US a film studio and the land around it

lot noun (LIFE)

sb's lot/the lot of sb the quality of someone's life and the experiences that they have: They should do something to improve the lot of the lowest-paid workers. Do you think he's happy with his lot?

lot noun (CHANCE)

draw lots to make a decision by choosing from a set of objects such as pieces of paper or sticks that are all the same except for one: We drew lots to decide who would go.
Grammar

lot

noun [plural] uk   /lɒt/ us    /lɑːt/ UK informal
a group of people: You're an ignorant lot! Are you lot coming to lunch? My lot (= children and family generally) won't eat spinach.
Translations of “lot”
in Spanish suerte, destino, lote…
in French destinée, lot…
in German das Los, der Anteil, der Posten…
in Chinese (Simplified) 大量…
in Russian партия, серия, участок…
in Chinese (Traditional) 大量…
in Turkish grup, bölüm, parça…
in Polish partia, grupa, teren…
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