al·​lot·​ment | \ ə-ˈlät-mənt How to pronounce allotment (audio) \

Definition of allotment

1 : the act of allotting something : apportionment The allotment of a full page in the newspaper to each candidate is fair.
2 : something that is allotted an allotment of time especially, chiefly British : a plot of land let to an individual for cultivation

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Examples of allotment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The city will receive half of its $924,000 allotment this year. cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 The school sold more than 5,400 new season tickets and sold out of its allotment of 16,642 student tickets. Edgar Thompson,, 1 Sep. 2021 So far, New York has sent about 8% of its federal allotment of $2.6 billion in relief directly to landlords. Mola Lenghi, CBS News, 27 Aug. 2021 According to government data, food-stamp recipients spend about 20% of their allotment on sweetened beverages, desserts, salty snacks and candy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2021 Arizona will see a cut of 192,000 acre-feet in water deliveries next year, or 6.9% of its total allotment of 2.8 million acre-feet. Kathy Tulumello, The Arizona Republic, 14 Aug. 2021 In addition to the exterior of the house itself, the set also includes the famous arch leading up to Nonnatus, Fred's garden allotment, Violet's shop, and some of the adjacent streets and buildings to create an authentic feel. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 12 Aug. 2021 Lagging much of the region, Haiti started administering vaccines in recent days after receiving its first allotment, a 500,000-dose donation from the U.S., last week. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Cruelly, however, Hong Kong got half its allotment — not even that. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of allotment

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allotment

borrowed from Anglo-French alotement, from aloter "to allot" + -ment -ment

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The first known use of allotment was circa 1530

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21 Sep 2021

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“Allotment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of allotment

: an amount of something given to someone to use or have
: the act of allotting something
: a small area of land that a person can rent to use as a garden


al·​lot·​ment | \ ə-ˈlät-mənt How to pronounce allotment (audio) \

Kids Definition of allotment

1 : the act of giving out as a share or portion Her allotment of five minutes for a turn was fair.
2 : an amount of something that is given out as a share or portion You get a large allotment of crayons.

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