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n., v. lot•ted, lot•ting. n.
Lota number of persons or things, collectively; a group of items sold at an auction or for sale in set quantities. See also break, sort.
You use a lot of in front of a noun when you are talking about a large number of people or things, or a large amount of something.
In conversation, you can use lots of in the same way.
When you use a lot of or lots of in front of a plural countable noun, you use a plural form of a verb with it.
When you use a lot of or lots of in front of an uncountable noun, you use a singular form of a verb with it.
You use a lot to refer to a large quantity or amount of something.
You use a lot as an adverb to mean 'to a great extent' or 'often'.
You also use a lot in front of comparatives. For example, if you want to emphasize the difference in age between two things, you can say that one thing is a lot older than the other.
You also use a lot with more to emphasize the difference between two quantities or amounts.
In conversation, you can use lots with the same meaning.
Past participle: lotted
|Noun||1.||lot - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"|
good deal, great deal, hatful, mickle, mint, muckle, passel, peck, quite a little, slew, spate, tidy sum, wad, stack, raft, pile, plenty, mountain, batch, heap, mass, deal, flock, pot, mess, sight
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent - an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
haymow - a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
|2.||lot - a parcel of land having fixed boundaries; "he bought a lot on the lake"|
|3.||lot - an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"|
social group - people sharing some social relation
car pool - a small group of car drivers who arrange to take turns driving while the others are passengers
clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, camp, pack - an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
cohort - a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
confederacy, conspiracy - a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
Four Hundred - the exclusive social set of a city
horsey set, horsy set - a set of people sharing a devotion to horses and horseback riding and horse racing
jet set - a set of rich and fashionable people who travel widely for pleasure
|4.||lot - your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you); "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"|
condition - a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing; "the human condition"
providence - a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
bad luck, ill luck, tough luck, misfortune - an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
failure - lack of success; "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
|5.||lot - anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random; "the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it"|
|6.||lot - any collection in its entirety; "she bought the whole caboodle"|
|7.||Lot - (Old Testament) nephew of Abraham; God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah but chose to spare Lot and his family who were told to flee without looking back at the destruction|
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
|Verb||1.||lot - divide into lots, as of land, for example|
|2.||lot - administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks"|
deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, mete out, parcel out, shell out, administer, allot, deal
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
reallot - allot again; "They were realloted additional farm land"
deal - distribute cards to the players in a game; "Who's dealing?"
a lot of people → mucha gente
we have lots of flowers (that we don't want) → nos sobran flores, tenemos flores de sobra
an awful lot of things to do → la mar de cosas que hacer
I'd give a lot to know → me gustaría muchísimo saberlo
quite/such a lot of books → bastantes/tantos libros
quite/such a lot of noise → bastante/tanto ruido
there wasn't a lot we could do → apenas había nada que pudiéramos hacer
I read a lot → leo mucho
we don't go out a lot → no salimos mucho
things have changed a lot → las cosas han cambiado mucho
he drinks an awful lot → bebe una barbaridad
not a lot "do you like football?" - "not a lot" → -¿te gusta el fútbol? -no mucho
thanks a lot! → ¡muchísimas gracias!, ¡muy agradecido!
she has lots of friends → tiene muchos amigos, tiene un montón de or (LAm) hartos amigos
he feels lots better → se encuentra mucho mejor
take as much as you want, I've got lots → llévate cuanto quieras, tengo un montón or (LAm) harto(s)
a fine lot of students → un buen grupo de estudiantes
Melissa's friends? I don't like that lot → ¿los amigos de Melissa? no me cae bien ese grupo
he took the lot → se lo llevó todo
that's the lot → eso es todo
the (whole) lot of them → todos
big ones, little ones, the lot! → ¡los grandes, los pequeños, todos!
his lot was different → su suerte fue otra
the common lot → la suerte común
it fell to my lot (to do sth) → me cayó en suerte (hacer algo)
it falls to my lot to do it → me corresponde a mí hacerlo
to throw in one's lot with sb → unirse a la suerte de algn
to decide sth by lot → determinar algo por sorteo
to draw lots (for sth) → echar suertes (para algo)
he's a bad lot → es un mal sujeto
I'll send it in three lots (Comm) → se lo mando en tres paquetes or tandas
We still owe quite a lot → Nous devons encore beaucoup d'argent.
He reads a lot → Il lit beaucoup.
I like him a lot → Je l'aime beaucoup.
This happens a lot → Cela arrive souvent.
not a lot (= nothing much) → pas grand-chose
What did you do at the weekend? - Not a lot → Qu'as-tu fait ce week-end? - Pas grand-chose.
There's not a lot between the two teams → Il n'y a pas beaucoup de différence entre les deux équipes.
We saw a lot of interesting things → Nous avons vu beaucoup de choses intéressantes.
that's the lot → c'est tout
He's got lots of friends → Il a des tas d'amis.
She's got lots of money
BUT Elle a plein d'argent.
They're a boring lot → Ils ne sont pas rigolos, ceux-là.
We've just sacked one lot of builders → Nous venons de renvoyer une première équipe de maçons.
to improve one's lot → améliorer sa condition
to be discontented with one's lot → ne pas être satisfait(e) de son sort
to throw in one's lot with sb (= join forces with) → se mettre du côté de qn
a lot of money, (fam) lots of money → un sacco di soldi
a lot of people, (fam) lots of people → molta gente, molti
quite a lot of noise → parecchio rumore
such a lot of people → talmente tanta gente
there was not a lot we could say/do → c'era ben poco da dire/da fare
I'd give a lot to know ... → darei non so cosa per sapere...
I read a lot → leggo molto
he feels a lot or (fam) lots better → si sente molto meglio
thanks a lot! (also) (iro) → grazie tante!
he took the lot → ha preso tutto (quanto)
that's the lot → (questo) è tutto
the (whole) lot of them → tutti quanti
the common lot → il destino comune
it fell to my lot to do it → è toccato a me farlo
to throw in one's lot with sb → unirsi a qn