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Meaning of “lot” in the English Dictionary

"lot" in British English

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lotnoun

uk   /lɒt/  us   /lɑːt/
  • lot noun (LARGE AMOUNT)

a lot (of) informal

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A1 lots (of) a ​largeamount 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 ​sisterlooks 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 ​maincause of a ​problem or an ​unpleasantsituation: People who ​selldrugs 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 (= ​publicsale), an ​object or set of ​objects that are being ​sold: Lot ​number 134 is a ​fineoldwalnutbureau.
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  • 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
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lotnoun [plural]

uk   /lɒt/  us   /lɑːt/ UK informal
(Definition of lot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lot" in American English

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lotnoun

 us   /lɑt/
  • lot noun (LARGE AMOUNT)

a lot A lot can ​mean much or often: You ​look a lot like ​yoursister. We ​eat out a lot.a lot of (also lots of) A lot of or lots of ​means a ​largeamount or ​number of something: I ​saved a lot of ​money with those ​coupons. They ​want to have lots of ​children.
  • lot noun (LAND)

[C] an ​area of ​land: They ​purchased a lot last ​summer and ​built a ​house on it the ​followingyear.
(Definition of lot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lot" in Business English

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lotnoun [C]

uk   us   /lɒt/
COMMERCE in an auction (= a ​sale of ​goods or ​property to the ​person who ​offers the most ​money), an ​object or set of ​objects that are being ​sold: Lot 57 is a mahogany ​workdesk. Do I have a ​bid?
PRODUCTION an ​amount or set of ​goods that is ​produced at the same ​time or ​sold together: The ​manufacturersells to a ​wholesaler or ​agent, who ​sells in ​smaller lots to other ​customers. Ingredients should be clearly ​listed on the manufacturer's ​label with the lot ​number and the ​date of ​expiration.
PROPERTY an ​area of ​land used for a particular ​purpose: a building/vacant lot We have ​residential and ​commercialbuilding lots and ​acreage for ​sale. a parking lot
STOCK MARKET an ​amount of ​shares that is ​sold together: The Stock Exchange ​askedcompanies to ​reduce the ​smallesttraded lot of ​shares to 100 from 1,000.
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(Definition of lot from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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