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a lot

A large amount, extent, or degree of something. Also written in the plural form, "lots." I have a lot of respect for my father, who worked hard every day to give us the things we wanted. It was lots of fun hanging out last night.
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a lot

Very many, a large number; also, very much. For example, A lot of people think the economy is declining, or Sad movies always made her cry a lot. It is sometimes put as a whole lot for greater emphasis, as in I learned a whole lot in his class. It may also emphasize a comparative indication of amount, as in We need a whole lot more pizza to feed everyone, or Mary had a lot less nerve than I expected. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
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