Definition of quota in English:

quota

noun

  • 1A fixed share of something that a person or group is entitled to receive or is bound to contribute.

    ‘the county is falling short of its quota of blood donations’
    • ‘Many people complain that local police and judges are given arrest quotas.’
    • ‘Credit for fixed investment was cut, and each province received a quota.’
    • ‘Smaller companies without political pull will be liquidated if they don't fill the quota; larger companies will be left alone.’
    • ‘If they can demonstrate that this is achievable they could be entitled to more quota to keep the economy buzzing.’
    • ‘Small fishing communities can band together and purchase a group quota of the total allowable catch of any given fish species.’
    • ‘If it is accepted that allocation of water rights would be made according to equal per capita shares, the total quota of each side would be proportional to the population size.’
    • ‘As early as next year, the Canadian share of the quota could be officially divvied up for the first time.’
    • ‘Yet, the only response by this Government has been to compound the problem by setting unsustainable quotas on a diminishing salmon fishery.’
    • ‘One former employee of the New Voter Project has told me that many staffers simply took names out of the telephone book to fill out their daily quotas.’
    • ‘This sort of quota is regrettable, but it is the only solution to the crisis.’
    • ‘In 2003 the two nations agreed to double the total annual fishing quota to 800,000 crabs.’
    • ‘The police have to fill a daily quota of arrests, so they seize people at random.’
    • ‘Each area was given a quota based on the total historic catch.’
    • ‘Each district has a fixed reindeer quota, set by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.’
    • ‘There is no quota on the total number of animals that landowners may kill, though they are restricted to one mountain lion per person.’
    • ‘The government imposed arrest quotas on local authorities and threatened to sack provincial governors who failed to meet them.’
    • ‘This opens up large chunks of available storage, yet users probably won't fill their total quota right away, if ever.’
    • ‘Fishermen tried as hard as they could, but could only catch 122,000 of the 190,000-ton cod quota for 1991.’
    • ‘Methods of kangaroo management vary to some extent from state to state, but each one sets commercial quotas to prevent overharvesting.’
    • ‘All the electorates have to do is fill their quota.’
    • ‘‘The police [apparently] had a quota to fill,’ Choi said of her arrest.’
    • ‘With demand for housing continuing, it was realised that more homes were needed in order to fill Government quotas.’
    • ‘When the Germans attacked, there should have been enough of these guns for every division to receive its quota, but many of them were so recently out of the factories that they had not yet all been distributed to the armies.’
    • ‘Since then radical reforms such as adoption quotas and time limits for parents ensure that adoption is a genuine possibility for many of these children.’
    • ‘The Marine Corps, which reached its recruitment goal last year after missing a few monthly quotas, struggled to fill several positions.’
    • ‘Almost half the boats in Scotland's white fish fleet have already caught their annual haddock and cod quota entitlements this year, despite being restricted to only 15 days a month at sea.’
    • ‘The chief of the prefecture-wide drug squad was also in danger of missing government quotas for arrests.’
    • ‘Then there was the Party itself to be purged, and spies and saboteurs to be rooted out by sending arrest quotas to every region.’
    • ‘In the model, all peanut acreage is managed identically, and only the price received distinguishes quota peanuts from additional peanuts.’
    • ‘Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy will see the current system of fish quotas changed so that they may be traded internationally.’
    • ‘Attendees will have the opportunity to get full details on the new partnership for parents and son/daughter, how to apply for a milk quota and the criteria required.’
    • ‘There is a very restrictive quota regime in place and fishermen are not catching that quota because the salmon isn't there.’
    • ‘Last year, more than 50 universities missed their recruitment targets and 9,500 places were left empty so they will do anything to fill the quotas.’
    • ‘He was so adept at his job that he could slice his quota of animals in a fraction of the time it took other offal dressers.’
    portion, part, division, bit, allowance, ration, allocation, allotment, lot, measure, due
    allocation, share, allowance, limit, ration, portion, apportionment, assignment, dispensation, slice, slice of the cake
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    1. 1.1 A limited quantity of a particular product which under official controls can be produced, exported, or imported.
      ‘the country may be exceeding its OPEC quota of 1,100,000 barrels of oil per day’
      • ‘Both the EU and the French government will come under pressure to fork over handouts to struggling vintners and to push for quotas on New World imports.’
      • ‘Tariffs and import quotas were, in the 1950s, still the principal barriers to trade.’
      • ‘Thousands of officials found employment in allocating and policing quotas in importing and exporting countries.’
      • ‘The US is considering imposing tariffs or quotas on steel imports to protect its troubled steel industry.’
      • ‘It might seem as though a quota that limited imports to 50 percent of their pre-quota level would accomplish the same thing.’
      • ‘The main methods are tariffs and quotas to limit imports, plus production subsidies and export subsidies to sustain farm activity and disperse the output.’
      • ‘The government will also abolish import permissions and export quotas.’
      • ‘He said higher export quotas guaranteed a secure market for the local sugar industry and were a basis for growth, which led to employment creation.’
      • ‘As tariffs fell, the focus shifted to eliminating import quotas, which distort market behavior and the allocation of resources.’
      • ‘Labour-intensive export industries such as clothing and textiles, which have been limited by export quotas, will absorb most of the new jobs.’
      • ‘The economic role of the state was to be reduced through privatization, welcoming foreign investments, eliminating import quotas, and reducing tariffs.’
      • ‘Protective safeguards, such as import and export controls, quotas, subsidies etc, will need to be introduced over a clearly agreed transition period to all continents.’
      • ‘Between now and 2005, tariffs will be slashed on a wide variety of products, and all import quotas will be abolished.’
      • ‘The idea that quotas on China's imports will spark a revival in US undergarment manufacturing is misplaced.’
      • ‘An import quota directly reduces the quantity of a product that is imported and indirectly reduces the amount of money that the export producers receive.’
      • ‘Under the curb, effective for 200 days, higher tariffs will be imposed if imports exceed quotas allocated to importers.’
      • ‘The report said the abolition of import quotas on Chinese textiles and apparel in key markets in 2005 will make China a formidable competitor.’
      • ‘But sugar is less expensive in that country than in the United States, where critics contend import quotas artificially raise sugar prices.’
      • ‘The increase meant the producers exceeded their official quotas by 8.7 percent, according to the report.’
      • ‘The lifting of the import ban and the elimination of import quotas and licenses will seriously affect refined products and synthetic fibers.’
      • ‘Countries were each assigned a fixed quota of textiles that could be exported to markets such as the US and Europe.’
      permitted amount, permitted quantity, allocation, allotment, share, ration, grant, limit, portion, helping, slice, lot
      allocation, share, allowance, limit, ration, portion, apportionment, assignment, dispensation, slice, slice of the cake
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    2. 1.2 A fixed minimum or maximum number of a particular group of people allowed to do something, such as immigrants to enter a country, workers to undertake a job, or students to enrol for a course.
      ‘the removal of entry quotas encouraged young people to enter universities’
      • ‘And last year the government reduced the quota of Bangladeshi workers it would allow into the country by 25 per cent.’
      • ‘The US is somewhat unique (although not alone) in using categories with set quotas to regulate immigrants coming to this country.’
      • ‘To raise the enrollment quota of aboriginal students, the new system will add 20 percent instead.’
      • ‘While we can say that 733 is a number that equates roughly to our total refugee quota today, it is not a large number.’
      • ‘So they actually ended up stowed away on a cargo plane - they weren't allowed on because they didn't make the quota for immigration.’
      • ‘Combined, these groups report on every aspect of public policy; from changes to the minimum wage to immigration quotas to health care reform.’
      • ‘Largely foreigners, these newcomers flooded in after the U.S. relaxed its immigration quotas in 1965.’
      • ‘However, the rush to assimilate, as well as the decreased number of new immigrants because of quotas led to the decline of such publications and of spoken Arabic.’
      • ‘The 2003 Electoral Law allows a quota of 30 percent for women representatives in the legislative body.’
      • ‘There would be limits on their rights to buy property, and strict quotas of Cypriot refugees allowed to return to the north.’
      • ‘These repatriates could only return to the United States as one of the annual quota of 50 immigrants.’
      • ‘Women's groups yesterday act out a skit outside the Ministry of National Defense to call for military academies to increase their enrollment quotas for female students.’
      • ‘The permitted quota of fee paying students for any course is expected to be extended from 25% to as high as 50%.’
      • ‘While Australia might appear to have substantial control over the size of the immigration intake by setting annual quotas for immigrant entry, the extent of control here is partly illusory.’
      • ‘The University is considering plans to introduce more rigorous target quotas for admissions of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.’
      • ‘These are the reports that were later used to justify ethnic quotas of immigrants.’
      • ‘Because tribalism creeps in through the way we make appointments to public offices, offer scholarships to students, grant quotas, concessions and contracts to individuals.’
      • ‘I can understand that many of us want to see more woman representatives in the legislature, and political parties are already supposed to apply a minimum quota of women candidates.’
      • ‘One concession to women in politics was a bill endorsed by the Barre government in June 1979 that required a quota of 20 per cent of women candidates on lists for municipal elections.’
      allocation, share, allowance, limit, ration, portion, apportionment, assignment, dispensation, slice, slice of the cake
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    3. 1.3 (in a system of proportional representation) the minimum number of votes required to elect a candidate.
      • ‘Loosely, though, to be elected a candidate requires a quota of votes.’
      • ‘After all, he topped the poll and exceeded the quota by 2,440 votes in the last general election.’
      • ‘He got a nod for the party at a council election as a candidate some years back but narrowly missed the quota to get elected.’
      • ‘With 363 voted, he was just thirteen short of the quota and was elected on the second count with votes to spare.’
      • ‘A quota is established as the number of votes a candidate requires to be elected.’
      • ‘That final count saw Behan, Clear, Callaghan, Scully and Power elected without having reached the quota of 691 votes on Sunday evening.’
      • ‘And for the record, my vote will go to the Greens in the Senate, in the knowledge that should it lose out in the race for a quota, my vote will go to the Democrats.’
      • ‘In that election, he achieved the highest Fianna Fail vote relative to the quota and achieved the fourth highest overall poll in the country.’
      • ‘The National Assembly system is based on quotas so no one group will hold a majority.’
      • ‘On that occasion, he headed the poll with exactly 100 votes over the quota.’
      • ‘The non-party councillor got 1790 votes and was elected on the first count having exceeded the quota by 690 votes.’
      • ‘In general most people voted for local candidates although none got a big enough quota to be elected.’
      • ‘Despite all these, Jim gained 541 first-preference votes and reached the quota when his running mate, Roberts, dropped out of contention.’
      • ‘To win the branch vote, a candidate must reach the quota, which is 50% + 1.’
      • ‘If those second choice candidates reach the required quota, any surplus votes they may have are re-distributed in the same manner.’
      • ‘By contrast, if you give your second preference to a strong candidate who reaches the quota - but no more - on the first count, the value of your second preference will fall to zero.’
      • ‘This could see a number of candidates being elected without achieving the quota of votes that has been required in the past.’
    4. 1.4 (in the Anglican Church) the proportion of the funds of a parish contributed to the finances of the diocese.
      • ‘The quota that the parish of St Patrick's Church had to meet has been reached and now whatever else the parish can make will be coming back into parish.’
      • ‘London's Lord Mayor and aldermen were again commanded to a levy: and they responded by locking the doors on their packed parish churches until their quotas were filled.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from medieval Latin quota (pars) ‘how great (a part)’, feminine of quotus, from quot ‘how many’.

Pronunciation

quota

/ˈkwəʊtə/