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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Mark Smith, chief student support officer, said the committee recommended that money schools get for their magnet programs could be separated into four annual allotments and one long-term funding stream. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Houston ISD shrinks projected budget deficit to $104M," 30 Apr. 2018 The observatory just got its first allotment of that money, through the National Science Foundation, at the beginning of this month. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Puerto Rico's Observatory Is Still Recovering From Hurricane Maria," 15 June 2018 U-M's allotment of tickets for the Final Four and national championship game sold out at midnight Tuesday. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Traveling to see Michigan in Final Four? It'll be expensive," 27 Mar. 2018 But many ranchers have said they were unfairly forced out of grazing allotments that were deemed as too close to sage-grouse territory. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Feds Move to Expand Drilling by Undoing 2015 Deal to Protect Bird," 6 Dec. 2018 In their letters, the men detail commissary costs, shower allotments and guards’ dispositions. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "‘No relief in sight’: Hundreds of Virginia inmates languish in solitary confinement for years, groups find.," 22 May 2018 While boarding time allotments vary, all flights must close their door 10 minutes before departure. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why airlines make you check your carry-on bags," 20 Dec. 2018 Nissan argued that since Mr. Ghosn remained on the board, Renault still had its allotment of directors. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Nissan CEO Rebuffs Renault Request to Call Shareholder Meeting," 17 Dec. 2018 On May 23, Major League Baseball released the bonus pool allotment for all franchises’ top 10 round selections and the slot values for the signing bonus for each pick. Matthew Stevens, USA TODAY, "Auburn RHP Casey Mize selected No. 1 overall by Detroit Tigers," 4 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

see allot

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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
British : 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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