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lot

1 pronoun, adverb
     
lot1 S1 W1
1

a lot

also lots informal a large amount or number:
We've spent a lot on the children's education.
'How many CDs have you got?' 'Lots.'
a lot of
They paid a lot of money for that house.
I eat a lot of vegetables.
There were lots of people at the party.
an awful lot also a whole lot informal (=a very large amount or number)
He spends an awful lot of time on the computer.
a lot to do/learn/say etc
I still have a lot to learn.
It's a great city, with lots to see and do.
2

a lot

also lots informal if someone or something is a lot better, faster, easier etc, they are much better, faster etc [= much]:
My headache's lots better, thanks.
She has a lot more contact with clients these days.
You'll get there a lot quicker if you take the motorway.
The house is a lot tidier now Chris has left home.
3

a lot

used to say that something happens to a great degree or often:
Things have changed a lot since I was a child.
Paul travels a lot on business.
I've been worrying a lot about my health.
She likes you a lot.
4

have a lot on your plate

informal to have a large number of problems to deal with or a large amount of work to do
5

have a lot on your mind

to have a lot of problems that you are worried about:
'You're quiet today.' 'I've got a lot on my mind.'
6

have a lot on

British English to be very busy, with a large number of things to do in a short time:
I can't help you now - I've got rather a lot on.

➔ thanks a lot

at thanks1 (1)

➔ a fat lot of good/use

at fat1 (5)

➔ have a lot to answer for

at answer for (2)

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