Meaning of “lot” in the English Dictionary

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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


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.
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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.


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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us /lɑt/

lot noun (LARGE AMOUNT)

a lot

A lot can mean much or often:

You look a lot like your sister.
We eat out a lot.
a lot of also lots of

A lot of or lots of means a large amount 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 following year.

(Definition of “lot” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lot" in Business English

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lotnoun [ C ]

uk /lɒt/ us

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 work desk. Do I have a bid?

PRODUCTION an amount or set of goods that is produced at the same time or sold together:

The manufacturer sells 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 commercial building lots and acreage for sale.
a parking lot

STOCK MARKET an amount of shares that is sold together:

The Stock Exchange asked companies to reduce the smallest traded 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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