allotment

noun al·lot·ment \ ə-ˈlät-mənt \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

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
; especiallychiefly British : a plot of land let to an individual for cultivation

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Origin and Etymology of allotment

see allot


ALLOTMENT Defined for English Language Learners

allotment

noun

Definition of allotment for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ALLOTMENT Defined for Kids

allotment

noun al·lot·ment \ ə-ˈlät-mənt \

Definition of allotment for Students

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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