Definition of allotment in US English:



  • 1The amount of something allocated to a particular person.

    ‘the gadget shuts off the television set when a kid has used up his allotment’
    • ‘Ideally, each of our test cards would have included the same memory allotment, but supply constraints left us with mismatched amounts of memory.’
    • ‘Individual grants will range from $130,000 to $200,000, with an average allotment of $167,000.’
    • ‘The morning's allotment is taken with a tall glass of lukewarm water because anything of too extreme a temperature would have provided an unnecessary shock to the system.’
    • ‘A full-time SWAT team spends a huge allotment of its work hours in relevant firearms training.’
    • ‘What I really wanted was a way to assign transactions from my checking account to different categories and have the computer tell me how close I was getting to my monthly allotment of funds.’
    • ‘Also consider including an extra ‘half-cheat’ day, where on a second day during the week, you add half as many carbs to your daily allotment as you would add for a full cheat day.’
    • ‘Because districts give each child a fixed allotment of several hundred dollars, bidding tutoring companies compete on program quality, not price.’
    • ‘The holidays are busy, moody times, so depending on your attitude and time allotment for the day, you may want to choose either steady-state or interval training as your cardio option.’
    • ‘Typesetting and printing ate the entire $2,000 allotment and more.’
    • ‘The board provides a water allotment for the 5,800 farmers, based on expected runoff in the Tuolumne River watershed.’
    • ‘All of us have an ample allotment of diabetic patients in our practices.’
    • ‘Once the parental leave allotment is used up, parents are entitled to work a six-hour day until their youngest child's eighth birthday.’
    • ‘Fernando says we should be prepared for a time allotment of anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.’
    • ‘They use up the allotment of a restricted commodity without gaining any benefits.’
    • ‘Some faculty may feel threatened by the loss of control over the subject matter or the allotment of time within courses they had previously considered their personal domain.’
    • ‘Being Mr. Kushner's alter ego, he at least gets an allotment of choice lines.’
    • ‘After the Park Service and environmentalists won an allotment of water for the park, they also managed to keep petroleum companies at bay.’
    • ‘It is not acceptable for a church to make a blanket statement such as ‘we never provide unpaid time off once an employee has used up his or her sick leave allotment.’’
    • ‘The bill is $1.2 billion less than the previous year's allotment.’
    • ‘My promotion brought my monthly pay up to $42, from which I sent my mother an allotment.’
    quota, share, ration, grant, limit, portion, allocation, allowance, helping, batch, slice, stint, lot, measure, proportion, percentage
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    1. 1.1US historical A piece of land deeded by the government to a North American Indian, as part of the division of tribally held land.
      • ‘But by 1926 all of the Oklahoma reservations (except the Osage mineral reservation) had been broken up by allotment.’
      • ‘Other measures, most notably the Burke Act of 1906, allowed Indians to sell their allotments.’
      • ‘After Ojibwa families took their allotments, unallotted land on reservations was then sold to the public.’
      • ‘For the Choctaws in Oklahoma, allotment proved to be disastrous.’
      • ‘Each nation was forced to accept individual allotments from a tribal land base, their nations were dissolved, and they were forced to become citizens of the new state.’
    2. 1.2British A plot of land rented by an individual for growing vegetables or flowers.
    3. 1.3 The action of allotting.
      ‘the allotment of equity securities’
      • ‘The threat of delisting was related at the time to the fact that this allotment of shares had been made.’
      • ‘Therefore, allotment of seats to youth festival winners for professional education courses should be stopped.’
      • ‘My decision to leave after 4th year came down to subject choice and teacher allotment.’
      • ‘The allotment of shares in the Estate Company, in satisfaction of the purchase price under the 1924 Contract, was made on 29th October 1924.’
      • ‘The Estates arranged for the allotment and collection of taxes, disbursed revenue for public works, and granted the king a portion of the taxes known as the don gratuit.’
      • ‘In the second phase, the collection of tax from private car owners, registration of vehicles and allotment of numbers to the newly registered vehicles would be performed by the computers.’
      • ‘And for many writers this allotment of time can seem altogether binding and a difficult task to stick to.’
      • ‘The authorities concerned should not permit allotment of sites in a layout till the government's specifications are met.’
      • ‘You are right to blame the airlines, by the way: It is their design and their allotment of space that has turned coach accommodations into sardine cans for humans.’
      • ‘Over the years, students from rural and semi-urban areas manage to get a seat via a single window system of allotment.’
      • ‘However, some parents felt the organisers needed to devote attention to details such as time management and allotment of space for parents to wait while their wards were taking the test.’
      allocation, assignment, issuing, issuance, awarding, grant, granting, administration, earmarking, designation, setting aside, budgeting
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