lot ( lots plural )
1 quant A lot of something or lots of it is a large amount of it. A lot of people or things, or lots of them, is a large number of them.
QUANT of n
A lot of our land is used to grow crops for export..., I remember a lot of things..., `You'll find that everybody will try and help their colleague.'<emdash>`Yeah. There's a lot of that.'..., He drank lots of milk..., A lot of the play is very funny.
Lot is also a pronoun., pron
There's lots going on at Selfridges this month..., I learned a lot from him about how to run a band..., I know a lot has been said about my sister's role in my career.
2 adv A lot means to a great extent or degree.
ADV after v, oft ADV compar
Matthew's out quite a lot doing his research..., I like you, a lot..., If I went out and accepted a job at a lot less money, I'd jeopardize a good career.
3 adv If you do something a lot, you do it often or for a long time.
ADV after v
They went out a lot, to the Cafe Royal or the The Ivy..., He talks a lot about his own children.
4 n-count You can use lot to refer to a set or group of things or people.
num N, oft N of n
He bought two lots of 1,000 shares in the company during August and September..., We've just sacked one lot of builders.
5 n-sing You can refer to a specific group of people as a particular lot.
INFORMAL adj N
Future generations are going to think that we were a pretty boring lot.
6 n-sing You can use the lot to refer to the whole of an amount that you have just mentioned.
INFORMAL the N
Instead of using the money to pay his rent, he went to a betting shop and lost the lot in half an hour.
7 n-sing Your lot is the kind of life you have or the things that you have or experience.
usu with poss
She tried to accept her marriage as her lot in life but could not...
8 n-count A lot is a small area of land that belongs to a person or company.
If oil or gold are discovered under your lot, you can sell the mineral rights.
9 n-count A lot in an auction is one of the objects or groups of objects that are being sold.
The receivers are keen to sell the stores as one lot...
10 If people draw lots to decide who will do something, they each take a piece of paper from a container. One or more pieces of paper is marked, and the people who take marked pieces are chosen.
draw lots phrase V inflects
For the first time in a World Cup finals, lots had to be drawn to decide who would finish second and third.
11 If you throw in your lot with a particular person or group, you decide to work with them and support them from then on, whatever happens.
throw in ones's lot with phrase V inflects, PHR n
(=join forces with) He has decided to throw in his lot with the far-right groups in parliament.
job lot ( job lots plural ) A job lot is a number of cheap things of low quality which are sold together, for example in auctions or second-hand shops. n-count
parking lot ( parking lots plural ) A parking lot is an area of ground where people can leave their cars.
A block up the street I found a parking lot.
in BRIT, use car park