lot1 W1S1 [lɔt US la:t] pron, adv
1.) a lot also lots informal
a large amount or number
We've spent a lot on the children's education.
'How many CDs have you got?' 'Lots.'
a lot of
They paid a lot of money for that house.
I eat a lot of vegetables.
There were lots of people at the party.
an awful lot also a whole lot informal (=a very large amount or number)
He spends an awful lot of time on the computer.
a lot to do/learn/say etc
I still have a lot to learn.
It's a great city, with lots to see and do.
2.) a lot also lots informal
if someone or something is a lot better, faster, easier etc, they are much better, faster etc
= ↑much
My headache's lots better, thanks.
She has a lot more contact with clients these days.
You'll get there a lot quicker if you take the motorway.
The house is a lot tidier now Chris has left home.
3.) a lot
used to say that something happens to a great degree or often
Things have changed a lot since I was a child.
Paul travels a lot on business.
I've been worrying a lot about my health.
She likes you a lot.
4.) have a lot on your plate informal
to have a large number of problems to deal with or a large amount of work to do
5.) have a lot on your mind
to have a lot of problems that you are worried about
'You're quiet today.' 'I've got a lot on my mind.'
6.) have a lot on
BrE to be very busy, with a large number of things to do in a short time
I can't help you now - I've got rather a lot on.
thanks a lot atthanks1 (1)
a fat lot of good/use atfat1 (5)
have a lot to answer for at answer for(2)
lot 2
lot2 n
1¦(group of people/things)¦
2 the lot
3¦(somebody's situation)¦
6¦(thing to be sold)¦
8 throw in/cast your lot with somebody/something
[: Old English; Origin: hlot 'object used for making a choice by chance']
a group of people or things considered together
Could you help me carry this lot upstairs?
lot of
The last lot of people offered £70,000.
I did three lots of exams last summer.
Come on, you lot, hurry up!
His friends are a strange lot.
2.) the lot
especially BrE the whole of an amount or number of things, people etc
We'll do everything - cooking, washing, ironing - the lot.
I can't believe you ate the whole lot .
I think that's the lot (=everything is included) .
the lot of you/them/us
(=all of you, them, or us)
Shut up, the lot of you!
3.) ¦(SOMEBODY'S SITUATION)¦ [singular]
your lot is your work, duties, social position etc, especially when they could be better
She seems happy enough with her lot.
The unions have always tried to improve the lot of their members.
4.) ¦(LAND)¦ especially AmE an area of land used for building on or for another purpose
the vacant lot (=empty land) behind the Commercial Hotel
a used-car lot
5.) ¦(FILM)¦
a building and the land surrounding it where films are made
= ↑studio
the Universal Studios lot
something, or a group of things, that is sold at an ↑auction
Lot 54 is a Victorian lamp.
7.) ¦(CHOOSING)¦
a) by lot
if someone is chosen by lot, several people each take a piece of paper or an object from a container, and the person who is chosen is the one who gets a particular marked paper or object
In Athens at that time, judges were chosen by lot .
b) draw/cast lots
to choose something or someone by lot
We drew lots to decide who should go first.
8.) throw in/cast your lot with sb/sth
to join or support someone or something, and accept that what happens to them will affect what happens to you
In 1915 Italy threw in her lot with the allies.
bad lot atbad1 (21)
a job lot atjob

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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