al·lot·ment | \ə-ˈlät-mənt \

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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The allotments are transferred directly from district schools to the charter schools, shrinking the district public school budgets. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What and who is fueling the movement to privatize public education — and why you should care," 30 May 2018 Dwyer said an allotment of time was eliminated as a result of changes in the contractual agreement between the district and the Aurora Education Association-West union membership. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora may try new lunch period model for sixth-graders," 10 July 2018 The Heat had the option of trading a player, future draft pick or all or part of their $5.2 million 2018-19 spending allotment on a selection. Ira Winderman,, "Heat exit NBA draft without a selection, NBA free agency up next," 22 June 2018 As pool play goes, the Padres bet a good portion of their 2016 bonus allotment on Reggie Lawson. Jeff Sanders,, "Reggie Lawson changing it up in Cal League," 20 June 2018 So if the bill were to become law, AT&T would no longer be allowed to exempt its DirecTV Now video streaming service from its mobile users' data allotments. Klint Finley, WIRED, "New California Bill Restores Strong Net Neutrality Protections," 5 July 2018 Her arrival coincides with that of a powerful general (a scarily inscrutable Bill Camp) and the discussion of a new allotment treaty, one that will severely limit the Sioux’s land and food rations if passed. Justin Chang, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ paints a timid picture," 4 July 2018 Teams will be allowed to both send out and take in as much as $5.2 million in trades, with such allotments again available to the Heat. Ira Winderman,, "NBA salary cap set at $101.9 million, with Heat close to $123.7 million tax line," 1 July 2018 Her arrival coincides with that of a powerful general (a scarily inscrutable Bill Camp) and the discussion of a new allotment treaty, one that will severely limit the Sioux’s land and food rations if passed. Justin Chang,, "Jessica Chastain plays the artist who painted Sitting Bull in the inert history lesson 'Woman Walks Ahead'," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of allotment

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allotment

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The first known use of allotment was circa 1530

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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 \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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