Definition of quota in English:

quota

noun

  • 1A limited or fixed number or amount of people or things, in particular.

    allocation, share, allowance, limit, ration, portion, apportionment, assignment, dispensation, slice, slice of the cake
    percentage, commission, measure, proportion, part, piece, fraction, division, subdivision, bit, amount, number, range, quantity
    cut, whack, rake-off
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    1. 1.1 A limited quantity of a particular product that 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’
      • ‘The government will also abolish import permissions and export quotas.’
      • ‘The economic role of the state was to be reduced through privatization, welcoming foreign investments, eliminating import quotas, and reducing tariffs.’
      • ‘It might seem as though a quota that limited imports to 50 percent of their pre-quota level would accomplish the same thing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The idea that quotas on China's imports will spark a revival in US undergarment manufacturing is misplaced.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Between now and 2005, tariffs will be slashed on a wide variety of products, and all import quotas will be abolished.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As tariffs fell, the focus shifted to eliminating import quotas, which distort market behavior and the allocation of resources.’
      • ‘The main methods are tariffs and quotas to limit imports, plus production subsidies and export subsidies to sustain farm activity and disperse the output.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Labour-intensive export industries such as clothing and textiles, which have been limited by export quotas, will absorb most of the new jobs.’
      • ‘The report said the abolition of import quotas on Chinese textiles and apparel in key markets in 2005 will make China a formidable competitor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Under the curb, effective for 200 days, higher tariffs will be imposed if imports exceed quotas allocated to importers.’
      • ‘Countries were each assigned a fixed quota of textiles that could be exported to markets such as the US and Europe.’
    2. 1.2 A fixed share of something that a person or group is entitled to receive or is bound to contribute.
      ‘the Faeroe Islands' commercial salmon quota’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Credit for fixed investment was cut, and each province received a quota.’
      • ‘In 2003 the two nations agreed to double the total annual fishing quota to 800,000 crabs.’
      • ‘There is a very restrictive quota regime in place and fishermen are not catching that quota because the salmon isn't there.’
      • ‘Fishermen tried as hard as they could, but could only catch 122,000 of the 190,000-ton cod quota for 1991.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the model, all peanut acreage is managed identically, and only the price received distinguishes quota peanuts from additional peanuts.’
      • ‘Small fishing communities can band together and purchase a group quota of the total allowable catch of any given fish species.’
      • ‘If they can demonstrate that this is achievable they could be entitled to more quota to keep the economy buzzing.’
      • ‘This sort of quota is regrettable, but it is the only solution to the crisis.’
      • ‘Yet, the only response by this Government has been to compound the problem by setting unsustainable quotas on a diminishing salmon fishery.’
      • ‘Each district has a fixed reindeer quota, set by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.’
      • ‘This opens up large chunks of available storage, yet users probably won't fill their total quota right away, if ever.’
      • ‘Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy will see the current system of fish quotas changed so that they may be traded internationally.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each area was given a quota based on the total historic catch.’
      • ‘Methods of kangaroo management vary to some extent from state to state, but each one sets commercial quotas to prevent overharvesting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is no quota on the total number of animals that landowners may kill, though they are restricted to one mountain lion per person.’
      portion, part, division, bit, allowance, ration, allocation, allotment, lot, measure, due
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    3. 1.3 A person's share of something that must be done.
      ‘they were arrested to help fill the quota of arrests the security police had to make during the crackdown’
    4. 1.4 A fixed minimum or maximum number of a particular group of people allowed to do something, as immigrants to enter a country, workers to undertake a job, or students to enroll for a course.
      ‘they demanded a quota for women on the committee’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These repatriates could only return to the United States as one of the annual quota of 50 immigrants.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because tribalism creeps in through the way we make appointments to public offices, offer scholarships to students, grant quotas, concessions and contracts to individuals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While we can say that 733 is a number that equates roughly to our total refugee quota today, it is not a large number.’
      • ‘There would be limits on their rights to buy property, and strict quotas of Cypriot refugees allowed to return to the north.’
      • ‘The US is somewhat unique (although not alone) in using categories with set quotas to regulate immigrants coming to this country.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And last year the government reduced the quota of Bangladeshi workers it would allow into the country by 25 per cent.’
      • ‘To raise the enrollment quota of aboriginal students, the new system will add 20 percent instead.’
      • ‘The permitted quota of fee paying students for any course is expected to be extended from 25% to as high as 50%.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The 2003 Electoral Law allows a quota of 30 percent for women representatives in the legislative body.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5 (in a system of proportional representation) the minimum number of votes required to elect a candidate.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This could see a number of candidates being elected without achieving the quota of votes that has been required in the past.’
      • ‘The National Assembly system is based on quotas so no one group will hold a majority.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After all, he topped the poll and exceeded the quota by 2,440 votes in the last general election.’
      • ‘To win the branch vote, a candidate must reach the quota, which is 50% + 1.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In general most people voted for local candidates although none got a big enough quota to be elected.’
      • ‘The non-party councillor got 1790 votes and was elected on the first count having exceeded the quota by 690 votes.’
      • ‘Loosely, though, to be elected a candidate requires a quota of votes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If those second choice candidates reach the required quota, any surplus votes they may have are re-distributed in the same manner.’
      • ‘On that occasion, he headed the poll with exactly 100 votes over the quota.’
      • ‘Despite all these, Jim gained 541 first-preference votes and reached the quota when his running mate, Roberts, dropped out of contention.’
    6. 1.6 A person's share of a particular thing, quality, or attribute.
      ‘an Irishman with a double ration of blarney and a treble quota of charm’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

quota

/ˈkwōdə/