|Origin:||hlot 'object used for making a choice by chance'|
a group of people or things considered together:
group of people/things[countable]
Could you help me carry this lot upstairs?
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 especially British English
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!
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.
an area of land used for building on or for another purpose: ➔ parking lot
land[countable] especially American English
the vacant lot (=empty land) behind the Commercial Hotel
a used-car lot
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:
thing to be sold[countable]BBT
Lot 54 is a Victorian lamp.
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.
to choose something or someone by lot:
We drew lots to decide who should go first.
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.