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Learner's definition of LOT  
chiefly US  : a small piece of land that is or could be used for building something or for some other purpose
— see also parking lot
   b  : the buildings and land that are owned by a company that makes movies and television programs
[count]  : a small object used to choose the person who will do or receive something
◊ When someone is chosen by lot or when people draw lots or (less commonly) cast lots to choose someone, each person in a group takes a small object or a piece of paper from a container. One of the objects or pieces of paper is different from the others, and the person who takes the different one is chosen.
[singular]  : a person's situation in life especially as decided by chance
Synonyms see: destiny
[count]chiefly British  : all the members of a group of people
◊ In British English, a person who is not liked is sometimes described as a bad lot.
— usually singular
   b  the lot  : all the things of a group
[count]  : one or more things being sold as one item at an auction
— see also job lot

a lot

also (informal)lots
: a large amount
: very often
— used to say that you feel a particular emotion very strongly
also (informal)lots
: to a large degree or extent : much

a lot of

also (informal)lots of
: a large number or amount of (things, people, etc.)

leave a lot to be desired

— see 1desire

throw in your lot with

orcast your lot with
: to join or become associated with a person, group, or thing that you hope will win or succeed
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