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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This customer purchased a government contract plan for a high-speed wireless data allotment at a set monthly cost. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Verizon Throttled California Fire Department's Data During Largest Fire in California History," 22 Aug. 2018 This customer purchased a government contract plan for a high-speed wireless data allotment at a set monthly cost. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire," 21 Aug. 2018 In past years, Cobra Jet allotments have sold out in a few days. Fox News, "$130G Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is the quickest, most expensive pony car ever," 16 Aug. 2018 The fire had been threatening to spread south to a Native allotment located about 2 miles away, so the smokejumpers concentrated on ensuring the southern end of the fire was cold. Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens of wildland fires reported across Alaska’s Arctic," 17 June 2018 These investors are usually guaranteed large allotments in IPOs in exchange for holding the shares for a set period. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Hong Kong IPOs Power Ahead Despite Recent Market Weakness," 20 Sep. 2018 Similar to a pitch count in baseball, Koch intends to use players for a certain allotment of time in each match. Charlie Hatch,, "FC Cincinnati announces preseason schedule; what's a friendly?," 18 Jan. 2018 The Golden Knights have sold out their season-ticket allotment for next season, but Noll predicted that the ultimate test for the city’s viability as a hockey town would come once the honeymoon ended. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "Next Task for Vegas Golden Knights: Attract Free Agents," 29 June 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

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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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