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noun [countable] lot pronunciation in American English /lɑt/
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  1. 1
    a small area of land used for a particular purpose
    They bought a small lot behind the church.
  2. 3
    a thing or group of things that are to be sold, especially in an auction
    The sale of wine reached $9 million at Christie’s with fewer than half the lots sold.
  3. 4

    the lot

    mainly British all of a number or amount that you have just mentioned
    I offered him half, but he got greedy and wanted the lot.
  4. 5
    British a group or set of people or things
    lot of: I’ve just finished typing one lot of letters.
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    1. a.
      British informal a particular group of people
      I thought this lot might have been a bit more sympathetic to my approach.



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