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tr.v. al·lot·ted, al·lot·ting, al·lots
1. To parcel out; distribute or apportion: allotting land to homesteaders; allot blame.
2. To assign as a portion; allocate: allotted 20 minutes to each speaker.

[Middle English alotten, from Old French aloter : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + lot, portion (of Germanic origin).]

al·lot′ter n.
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a person who allots
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All Executive Engineers of schemes and Townships also directed for to point out the open commercial, Residential and other plots for recovery of NUF, if any allotter fails to pay their dues then their allotment will be cancelled.
The letter seems to imply that the sheriff and the cotton-acreage allotter were more important for the day-to-day life of black Mississippians than their congressmen and senators in Washington.
Such ill treatment makes sulphurous Mars vengeful, and, again like Alberich, he is liable to take revenge through his sons: 'Would one be surprised, then, if in righteous indignation Mars bade his sons kill that allotter, or keep up continual strife with him?'(106) Alberich agrees with this strategy, as when, in Act II scene 1 of Gotterdammerung, he goads his son to vengeance against Wotan, the dwarf's erstwhile captor: 'I fostered thee fearless for this; that against heroes safe thou shouldst hold me'; and 'I bred in Hagen deadly hatred; 'tis his to avenge me'.