Definition of allotment in US English:

allotment

noun

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

    ‘the gadget shuts off the television set when a kid has used up his allotment’
    • ‘After the Park Service and environmentalists won an allotment of water for the park, they also managed to keep petroleum companies at bay.’
    • ‘The bill is $1.2 billion less than the previous year's allotment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My promotion brought my monthly pay up to $42, from which I sent my mother an allotment.’
    • ‘Being Mr. Kushner's alter ego, he at least gets an allotment of choice lines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ideally, each of our test cards would have included the same memory allotment, but supply constraints left us with mismatched amounts of memory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They use up the allotment of a restricted commodity without gaining any benefits.’
    • ‘A full-time SWAT team spends a huge allotment of its work hours in relevant firearms training.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because districts give each child a fixed allotment of several hundred dollars, bidding tutoring companies compete on program quality, not price.’
    • ‘The board provides a water allotment for the 5,800 farmers, based on expected runoff in the Tuolumne River watershed.’
    • ‘Typesetting and printing ate the entire $2,000 allotment and more.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Individual grants will range from $130,000 to $200,000, with an average allotment of $167,000.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘My decision to leave after 4th year came down to subject choice and teacher allotment.’
      • ‘Therefore, allotment of seats to youth festival winners for professional education courses should be stopped.’
      • ‘The authorities concerned should not permit allotment of sites in a layout till the government's specifications are met.’
      • ‘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 threat of delisting was related at the time to the fact that this allotment of shares had been made.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And for many writers this allotment of time can seem altogether binding and a difficult task to stick to.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Over the years, students from rural and semi-urban areas manage to get a seat via a single window system of allotment.’
      allocation, assignment, issuing, issuance, awarding, grant, granting, administration, earmarking, designation, setting aside, budgeting
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Pronunciation

allotment

/əˈlätmənt//əˈlɑtmənt/