1(large number, quantity)
1.1a lot of wine — mucho vino
- a lot of people — mucha gente
- he has a lot of nieces/nephews — tiene muchas sobrinas/muchos sobrinos
- I've got a lot to do — tengo mucho que hacer
- there wasn't a lot I could do — yo no podía hacer mucho
- a lot of the book is boring — gran parte del libro es aburrida
- I've seen a lot of her recently — la he visto a menudo últimamente
- quite a lot of money — bastante dinero
- what a lot of books/photos you've got! — ¡cuántos libros/cuántas fotos tienes!
- what a lot of fruit/cheese you've bought! — ¡cuánta fruta/cuánto queso has comprado!
- such a lot of fuss over nothing! — ¡tanto lío por una tontería!
- I knew quite a lot of the answers — yo sabía muchas de las respuestas
- "I don't think a lot is happening with that, particularly around here, " she noted.
- I told you last night, I've got a lot on my mind.
- There is lots I have that I want to get off my chest in an effort to move on.
- There is however a lot we could do to encourage respect for the law.
- The crew walked out amid lots of cheers and, frankly, some deep-rooted fears.
- There is a lot he can do to make life difficult for a candidate he has deliberately chosen to lobby against.
- She knows she still has a lot to learn, but she clearly understands now what dancing is all about.
- But, yes, I learned a lot of stuff that I had no idea about.
- And a lot depends upon, of course, what the time schedule is.
- There is a lot she misses about home, like soap operas, cosy carpets, her favourite clothes shops and quality cottage cheese.
- I think a lot has changed regarding Brian and the staff.
- We learn a lot of stuff through confidential means, for a start.
- We're in a lot of trouble.
- Children and teens who sometimes eat a lot don't necessarily have binge eating disorder.
- Add to this lots of audience participation and you've got a colourful, memorable and interactive children's show.
- Of course there's lots you can do that doesn't cost a thing.
- This proves to be a busy and happy day with lots of fun and plenty of work too.
- There is not a lot the local authority can do if people are not willing to provide them with information.
- Also, they expect lots of crowds to show up for the burial ceremony.
- I think that means a lot of attention being given to education.
1.2as adverb a lot — mucho
- I like her a lot — me cae muy bien
- a lot better/worse/bigger — mucho mejor/peor/más grande
- thanks a lot! — ¡muchas gracias!
1.3lots pluralinformalhow many seats are there left? — lots — ¿cuántos asientos quedan? — muchos
- I've got lots to do — tengo mucho que hacer
- lots of people liked it — a mucha gente le gustó
- there were lots and lots of people there — había muchísima gente
- as adverb I feel lots better now — me siento muchísimo mejor
- Voters are seen as a strange and volatile lot, who could turn bad at the blink of an eye.
- We have plenty of videos and I'm sure you lot can come up with something to entertain yourselves.
- It seemed that this group was a trusting lot, happy to accept that I was Richard without any kind of proof.
- It was inactive virtually after the second lot of partnership money was invested.
- We need to reclaim choice from this sorry lot, and put a bit of self-determination back on the agenda.
- Like all young guys, I'm sure they did things they wished they hadn't, but they were a responsible lot.
- Incredibly, this second lot of inmates are even more tedious and uninteresting than the first.
- They are asked to fill out some forms, then bureaucrats come around and ask them to fill out more forms, so people fill out several lots of different forms.
- Some politicians feel artistes are a foolish lot, which is not the case.
- The second lot of butter is important, as it will be less cooked and therefore more delicious.
- When I die you lot can have anything you want.
- What she must have made of us lot - we got more uproarious as the evening progressed.
- Us lot will be dragged off into an underground lab somewhere and we'll never be seen again.
- With one home-schooled student, eight public school kids, and a competitor from a parochial school, the students are a diverse lot.
- At the moment you have one lot of people handling income tax and another set, in fact one set per council, handling council tax.
- I have just finished my fourth lot of antibiotics for a nasty cold I contracted in March this year.
- What rubbish would you have to tune into on another channel to avoid the sight of us lot in action on the telly next June?
- There is lots of drek out there from signed bands and this lot do quite a bit with what they have.
- The country's tragedy is that most of its modern leaders are a corrupt, feudal lot.
- Apologise that if it wasn't for me then you lot would still be buzzing round like wingless flies.
- I made my way back to the clinic at 11 to have a second lot of blood taken, and explained what had happened.
- It seems an excellent challenge and one that I feel you lot would relish too.
- Either way, give me this lot over a bunch of monosyllabic scowlers any day.
- We had a lot of mail from you lot about the wisdom of mixing phones and petrol stations.
- On the pitch, off the pitch, if you had seen us lot, you may have thought we are not serious.
- You lot who claim to like these little sour cherries are having a laugh aren't you?
- I tottered home happily yesterday with nine books and will return for a second lot soon.
- Even in hyper-liberal Seattle, bloggers tend to be a decidedly conservative lot.
2.1(group, mass of things)montón masculinepila feminine
2.2informal (group of people)they're a funny lot — son gente rara
- come on, you lot! — ¡vamos, vosotros!
2.3(esp British) the lot(all)they ate the lot — se lo comieron todo (or se las comieron todas etc.)
- £2 each or £18 the lot — dos libras cada uno o 18 libras por todos
3(at auction)lote masculine
- Forty of 46 lots sold, and two new artist auction records were established.
- The second lot is a collection of 302 photographs, purchased for £2,500, from Emily Shackleton's family album.
- In smaller operations, your opportunity to view the lots in the auction may be limited to an hour or two before the auction begins.
- Aside from the wide range of various artists' prints here, the 306 lots of this sale were drawn from her private collection.
- In total, there are nearly a thousand lots up for auction with every conceivable item utilised in both the running and the upkeep of the hospital appearing on the for sale list.
- The edition was among 450 lots in a sale of fine arts and manuscripts at Sotheby's.
- In the absence of a printed catalogue, experts sometimes also introduced the lots verbally during auctions.
- In the first sale there are four lots of interest to collectors of Irish art.
- The 150-acre site is being sold at public auction in five lots on June 25.
- In all the sale extends to 800 lots, ranging across plant, machinery, tools, office equipment, furniture and computers.
- It was one of 391 lots at the auction, of which 199 were items of furniture.
- Sotheby's has offered renderings through its online auctions and occasionally includes lots in live sales.
- The massive hoard, more than 5,000 items, has been broken up into a few hundred lots for auction on Tuesday.
- But triumph turned to dismay when he learned that the archive was to be split up into 137 separate lots for auction at Christie's.
- They took part in a tombola, an auction - with lots donated by local businesses - and a raffle to help raise money for the cause.
- It is notable, for instance, that the recent silver sale at Bonhams had just half the number of lots of the 2003 sale.
- Among the highlights of the event will be an auction of 250 lots on Friday evening provided by Martin Donnelly.
- All the lots in this auction were quality tools, covering a wide variety of trades.
- It is expected to take four auctioneers seven hours to sell off 1,000 lots to people bidding via the web, by phone and in person.
- Parts of that department were now laid out in crates on the car deck, lots to be sold off in the auction.
4.1(parcel of land)terreno masculinesolar masculinefilm lot — plató masculine
- It was sheer luck that I stumbled upon an abandoned corner of the school's back lot which was hidden by bushes and trees.
- The air smells of smoke from the campfires of squatters who live on vacant lots, next door to software executives and movie stars.
- She's tired of calling Public Works to get someone to clean vacant lots or haul away abandoned cars that line nearby streets.
- Signs on vacant lots are legal if you have the owner's permission, but not on public right-of-ways.
- Then we come to the present situation where there are only six lots which are vacant and we look at the sales that are attracted there.
- They should also take care of maintaining vacant lots.
- At the first land sales he was able to buy four town lots including the site of his hotel for $125.00.
- You see them all over New York - narrow vacant lots with the outlines of the old building etched on the walls of its neighbors.
- The study excluded commercial properties and vacant lots from being part of the study sample.
- Valleywood is the name that various builders dealt with when building lots on the lands were sold.
- When land is divided up into smaller parcels and lots, Sherwonit says, it threatens the park's integrity.
- As we developed the process to convert vacant lots to urban farm sites, supporting the local economy was a central theme.
- Some houses have boarded-up windows, and there are vacant lots strewn with litter and overgrown with weeds.
- Being a girl, my only option was playing with the boys on vacant lots and in the street.
- We see them growing voluntarily in sand dunes and vacant lots, anywhere from two feet to five.
- During the mapping, team members paid close attention to garbage in the streets, vacant lots, and alleys.
- The government town of Moonta was surveyed in 1863 and town lots offered for sale in April of that year.
- The new homes sit uneasily just blocks from row upon row of abandoned houses and garbage-strewn vacant lots.
- Very few villagers own lots of land large enough to be able to make a profit from selling their crops in the market.
- Work on the lots near the stadium would begin this summer and could be completed by fall.
5.1(for random choice)to draw / cast lots for sth — echar algo a suertes
- we'll have to draw / cast lots — vamos a tener que echarlo a suertes
5.2(fate)suerte feminineyou can't complain about your lot — no te puedes quejar de tu suerte / de lo que te ha tocado en suerte
- If the woman is maimed for life and is saddled with the other responsibilities, her lot is worse.
- The more detailed knowledge we can build up, the better our chance of improving the lot of this lovely bird.
- She often felt like she had been punished for a reason and that punishment was her lot in life.
- Either one is for improving the lot of the majority, in which case one should say so, or one isn't.
- Making a crime of writing about sex is not going to improve the lot of young people in this country one whit.
- Global capitalism has been good at improving the lot of the wealthy, less good for others.
- Is it not natural for parents to want to improve the lot of their children?
- This book should forever lay to rest the idea that enslaved African Americans were generally contented with their lot.
- He had witnessed many enthusiasts like us, a few improving the lot of the tribal villagers but most failing.
- She is actually very happy and content with her lot!
- With that level of investment even a fool could improve the lot of the NHS.
- No one likes to hear someone constantly whining about their lot in life.
- He seems not to understand that it is natural for folk to want to see the lot of their children improve from what it was for them.
- This stupendous sum has failed spectacularly to improve the lot of its intended beneficiaries.
- What all Zambians should realise is that only they can improve the lot of their country.
- Education chiefs are making a new bid to help improve the lot of the borough's most vulnerable children.
- This should help to curb the influence of criminals, and improve the lot of those working in it.
- She worked full time as a weaver to put food on the table and cared for three of us without lamenting her lot.
- The challenge is nothing less than how to save the planet while improving the lot of the six billion plus people who live on it.
- While this was true, the unions never fought to improve the lot of the Islanders.