Learner's definition of LOT
1 a chiefly US : a small piece of land that is or could be used for building something or for some other purpose b : the buildings and land that are owned by a company that makes movies and television programs 2 [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.
3 [singular] : a person's situation in life especially as decided by chance
The organization has done much to improve the lot of underprivileged youth.
Unhappy with her lot in life, she moved to the city to start over.
4 a [count], chiefly British : all the members of a group of people — usually singular
◊ In British English, a person who is not liked is sometimes described as a bad lot.
b the lot : all the things of a group
Do you know the lot [=bunch, crowd] that hang around the arcade?
That lot will never amount to anything! They're a thoroughly bad lot.
Pipe down, the (whole) lot of you. = Pipe down, you lot.
They sell tuxedos, business suits, casual wear…the lot.
This one's the best of the lot.
5 [count] : one or more things being sold as one item at an auction
also (informal)lots : a large amount
She has done a lot to help other people.
I'd give a lot to be able to write like that!
I'm not asking for a lot. [=much]
They must have paid a lot for that car.
We did quite a lot this morning.
We still have a lot to do. = We still have lots (and lots) to do.
3 — used to say that you feel a particular emotion very strongly
“Did you like the movie?” “Yes, I liked it a lot.” [=very much]
I miss her a lot since she went away.
also (informal)lots : to a large degree or extent : much
This is a lot nicer. [=this is much nicer]
There's a lot more to it than I realized at first. [=it's more complicated than it looks]
I'm feeling lots better.
Thanks a lot. [=very much]
a lot ofalso (informal)lots of
: a large number or amount of (things, people, etc.)
A lot of people feel that way.
There was a lot of space. = There was lots of space.
We had lots of fun.
You can enjoy yourself without spending a lot of money.
I don't need a lot of help; I just need a little.
We don't have an awful lot of money/time. [=we don't have much money/time]
(informal) I think their ideas are a lot of garbage/nonsense. [=I think their ideas are very foolish]
(informal) It doesn't make a whole lot of [=very much] difference.
Not a lot of people [=not many people] know that.
“I've brought an umbrella.” “A (fat) lot of good that will do [=that will not do any good] now that it's stopped raining!”
leave a lot to be desired
throw in your lot withorcast your lot with
: to join or become associated with a person, group, or thing that you hope will win or succeed