Adjective "Lots" definition and examples

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Pronunciation

/lɒt/

Definitions and examples

pronoun

A large number or amount; a great deal.
  1. 'they took a lot of abuse'
  2. 'we had lots of fun'
  3. 'We're in a lot of trouble.'
  4. 'She knows she still has a lot to learn, but she clearly understands now what dancing is all about.'
  5. 'There is lots I have that I want to get off my chest in an effort to move on.'
  6. 'This proves to be a busy and happy day with lots of fun and plenty of work too.'
  7. 'Children and teens who sometimes eat a lot don't necessarily have binge eating disorder.'
  8. 'I told you last night, I've got a lot on my mind.'
  9. 'I think a lot has changed regarding Brian and the staff.'
  10. 'But, yes, I learned a lot of stuff that I had no idea about.'
  11. 'The crew walked out amid lots of cheers and, frankly, some deep-rooted fears.'
  12. 'Also, they expect lots of crowds to show up for the burial ceremony.'
  13. 'People like you with tiny pension funds were allowed to take the whole lot in cash at any time after 50.'
  14. 'In any other country, where politicians were not assumed to be liars, parliament would demand the whole lot be tossed out.'
  15. 'For the rest of us it is the time of season to take the whole lot at once.'
  16. 'If the next election really were conducted on the lines of Pop Idol, the people would vote to dump the lot of them.'
  17. 'You're all the same, the lot of you, with your long hair and your hippy clothes.'

adverb

A great deal; much.
  1. 'thanks a lot'
  2. 'If I had grown up in the city my aesthetic vision would be a lot different.'
  3. 'He drank a lot and never gave my mum much money so she took in washing for extra cash.'
  4. 'It's a bit like riding a camel, though the motion is a lot less regular.'
  5. 'On arrival at A&E we saw an admission nurse, who tutted and rolled her eyes lots when we said we hadn't seen our GP.'
  6. 'I think you'll be able to deal with your feelings a lot better than before.'
  7. 'Just remember though: carefully chosen euphemisms can be a whole lot funnier.'
  8. 'At the end of the day, what actors really want to do is act a lot and not wait around in the trailer.'
  9. 'His father had always worked a lot and now that Cal was older, seemed to be working even more often.'
  10. 'The bus runs from her house in Chiswick to the West End, so she visits a lot and often brings friends.'
  11. 'There is something less intense, less menacing, he certainly looks a lot less brooding.'

noun

A particular group or set of people or things.
  1. 'he will need a second lot of tills to handle the second currency'
  2. 'It was inactive virtually after the second lot of partnership money was invested.'
  3. 'Incredibly, this second lot of inmates are even more tedious and uninteresting than the first.'
  4. 'The second lot of butter is important, as it will be less cooked and therefore more delicious.'
  5. 'At the moment you have one lot of people handling income tax and another set, in fact one set per council, handling council tax.'
  6. 'Us lot will be dragged off into an underground lab somewhere and we'll never be seen again.'
  7. 'Like all young guys, I'm sure they did things they wished they hadn't, but they were a responsible lot.'
  8. 'Voters are seen as a strange and volatile lot, who could turn bad at the blink of an eye.'
  9. 'There is lots of drek out there from signed bands and this lot do quite a bit with what they have.'
  10. 'Either way, give me this lot over a bunch of monosyllabic scowlers any day.'
  11. 'With one home-schooled student, eight public school kids, and a competitor from a parochial school, the students are a diverse lot.'
  12. 'We had a lot of mail from you lot about the wisdom of mixing phones and petrol stations.'
  13. 'We have plenty of videos and I'm sure you lot can come up with something to entertain yourselves.'
  14. 'We need to reclaim choice from this sorry lot, and put a bit of self-determination back on the agenda.'
  15. 'Some politicians feel artistes are a foolish lot, which is not the case.'
An item or set of items for sale at an auction.
  1. 'Parts of that department were now laid out in crates on the car deck, lots to be sold off in the auction.'
  2. 'Forty of 46 lots sold, and two new artist auction records were established.'
  3. 'The second lot is a collection of 302 photographs, purchased for £2,500, from Emily Shackleton's family album.'
  4. 'Among the highlights of the event will be an auction of 250 lots on Friday evening provided by Martin Donnelly.'
  5. 'In total, there are nearly a thousand lots up for auction with every conceivable item utilised in both the running and the upkeep of the hospital appearing on the for sale list.'
  6. 'The 150-acre site is being sold at public auction in five lots on June 25.'
  7. 'In the absence of a printed catalogue, experts sometimes also introduced the lots verbally during auctions.'
  8. 'In smaller operations, your opportunity to view the lots in the auction may be limited to an hour or two before the auction begins.'
  9. 'All the lots in this auction were quality tools, covering a wide variety of trades.'
  10. 'But triumph turned to dismay when he learned that the archive was to be split up into 137 separate lots for auction at Christie's.'
The making of a decision by random selection, especially by a method involving the choice of one from a number of pieces of folded paper, one of which has a concealed mark.
  1. 'The tickets were allocated by lot, those who received them were not the worthiest.'
  2. 'What would happen if, from tomorrow, the heads of state and lawmakers in every country were chosen by lot?'
  3. 'To make it as participatory as possible, most officials and all jurymen were selected by the lot.'
  4. 'Assisted by three assistants chosen by lot from the college of Cardinals, he directs the election of the pontiff's successor.'
  5. 'Lots were drawn to see who would have to be thrown out to the mermaid and the lot fell on Lawrence.'
  6. 'The lot fell on Matthias, and a place among the eleven Apostles was voted to him.'
  7. 'The first who put in his hand was the Admiral, and he drew out the bean with a cross, so the lot fell on him; and he was bound to go on the pilgrimage and fulfil the vow.'
A person's luck, situation, or destiny in life.
  1. 'Global capitalism has been good at improving the lot of the wealthy, less good for others.'
  2. 'She often felt like she had been punished for a reason and that punishment was her lot in life.'
  3. 'Education chiefs are making a new bid to help improve the lot of the borough's most vulnerable children.'
  4. 'He had witnessed many enthusiasts like us, a few improving the lot of the tribal villagers but most failing.'
  5. 'Making a crime of writing about sex is not going to improve the lot of young people in this country one whit.'
  6. 'No one likes to hear someone constantly whining about their lot in life.'
  7. 'What all Zambians should realise is that only they can improve the lot of their country.'
  8. 'If the woman is maimed for life and is saddled with the other responsibilities, her lot is worse.'
  9. 'The more detailed knowledge we can build up, the better our chance of improving the lot of this lovely bird.'
  10. 'This stupendous sum has failed spectacularly to improve the lot of its intended beneficiaries.'
A plot of land assigned for sale or for a particular use.
  1. 'The study excluded commercial properties and vacant lots from being part of the study sample.'
  2. 'Valleywood is the name that various builders dealt with when building lots on the lands were sold.'
  3. 'The air smells of smoke from the campfires of squatters who live on vacant lots, next door to software executives and movie stars.'
  4. 'At the first land sales he was able to buy four town lots including the site of his hotel for $125.00.'
  5. 'The new homes sit uneasily just blocks from row upon row of abandoned houses and garbage-strewn vacant lots.'
  6. 'As we developed the process to convert vacant lots to urban farm sites, supporting the local economy was a central theme.'
  7. 'The government town of Moonta was surveyed in 1863 and town lots offered for sale in April of that year.'
  8. 'They should also take care of maintaining vacant lots.'
  9. 'During the mapping, team members paid close attention to garbage in the streets, vacant lots, and alleys.'
  10. 'Very few villagers own lots of land large enough to be able to make a profit from selling their crops in the market.'
  11. 'I park in the adjacent lot, generally in a way not to offend or to disturb other clients of the store.'
  12. '"Sorry, Harry, but if I let you park in the executive lot, I'd be letting myself in for a lot of complaints from my other people."'
  13. 'I rolled down my window and asked him if this was the proper lot to park in.'
  14. 'A busy day, most of it spent running back and forth across the studio lot chasing up actors.'
  15. 'Any time a scene takes place on a movie lot, there are always dozens of extras running around dressed as cowboys and ancient Romans.'
  16. 'Joe shows up at a number of studio lots and former homes of The King and tells a side of the story that, mostly, has never really been heard before.'
  17. 'Groups of 12 are escorted onto the studio lot via carts, for a very exclusive tour through backlot streets, sound stages, sets and craft shops.'
  18. 'I saw him a few times around the used car lot, you know.'

verb

Divide (items) into lots for sale at an auction.
  1. 'The Auctioneers reserve the right to collect the appropriate lotting fee with the entry form.'
  2. 'Items can be moved around and placed in order of lotting before being moved into auction'
  3. 'Similar items should be lotted together when the return for individual items is too low to warrant an individual offering or when it is determined that lotting together will enhance the property.'
  4. 'As material is received, it is lotted into homogeneous groups.'

More definitions

noun

1. one of a set of objects, as straws or pebbles, drawn or thrown from a container to decide a question or choice by chance.

2. the casting or drawing of such objects as a method of deciding something: to choose a person by lot.

3. the decision or choice made by such a method.

4. allotted share or portion: to receive one's lot of an inheritance.

5. the portion in life assigned by fate or Providence; one's fate, fortune, or destiny: Her lot had not been a happy one.

6. a disti

Origin

(lot)Old English hlot (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lot, German Los. The original meanings were lot (sense 3 of the noun) and (by extension) the sense ‘a portion assigned to someone’; the latter gave rise to the other noun senses. The pronoun and adverb uses date from the early 19th century.

Phrase

all over the lot
a bad lot
draw (or cast) lots
fall to someone's lot
throw in one's lot with