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lot

noun (LARGE AMOUNT)    /lɒt/ US  /lɑːt/
a lot (of) informal 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.Masses and large amounts of things 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.Large in number or quantityFrequency and regularity - general words 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.Causing things to happen the lot UK 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.Something, anything, nothing, and everything Grammar:Lots, a lot, plentyWe use lots, a lot and plenty in informal styles to talk about quantities, amounts and degree. Lots and a lot are similar in meaning to much and many. Plenty means ‘enough’ or ‘more than enough’. Lots is even more informal than a lot:See moreGrammar:Much, many, a lot of, lots of: quantifiersWe use the quantifiers much, many, a lot of, lots of to talk about quantities, amounts and degree. We can use them with a noun (as a determiner) or without a noun (as a pronoun).See moreGrammar:Much, many with a nounWe use much with singular uncountable nouns and many with plural nouns:See moreGrammar:A lot of, lots of with a nounWe use a lot of and lots of in informal styles. Lots of is more informal than a lot of. A lot of and lots of can both be used with plural countable nouns and with singular uncountable nouns for affirmatives, negatives, and questions:See moreGrammar:Much, many, a lot of, lots of: negative questionsWhen we use much and many in negative questions, we are usually expecting that a large quantity of something isn’t there. When we use a lot of and lots of in negative questions, we are usually expecting a large quantity of something.See moreGrammar:Much, many, a lot, lots: without a nounWe usually leave out the noun after much, many and a lot, lots when the noun is obvious:See moreGrammar:Much with comparative adjectives and adverbs: much older, much fasterWe can use much before comparative adjectives and adverbs to make a stronger comparison:See moreGrammar:Too much, too many and so much, so manySee moreGrammar:As much as, as many asWhen we want to make comparisons connected with quantity, we use as much as and as many as:See moreGrammar:Much, many and a lot of, lots of: typical errorsSee moreGrammar:Much, a lot, lots, a good deal: adverbsWe use much, a lot, lots and a good deal as adverbs to refer to frequency, quantity and degree.See moreGrammar:MuchWe use much in questions and negative clauses to talk about degrees of something. We put it in end position:See moreGrammar:A lot, a good deal and a great dealWe can use a lot, a good deal and a great deal as adverbs of frequency, quantity or degree:See more
(Definition of lot noun (LARGE AMOUNT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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