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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Recent Examples on the Web SoftBank plans to sell 223.5 million shares to overseas investors in Europe and Asia, excluding the U.S. and Canada, with an extra allotment of 33.5 million shares. Pavel Alpeyev,, "SoftBank Group to Sell $12.5 Billion of Wireless Unit Stock," 28 Aug. 2020 According to the report, New York state spent 53.4% of its allotment, while New Jersey spent 4.7%. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Mnuchin says states have flexibility to spend money from previous coronavirus aid package," 11 Aug. 2020 The state also is setting aside $120,000 million that would come from money left over by regions that did not use their full allotment. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego looking to convert hotels to house homeless now in Convention Center," 23 Aug. 2020 The ticket allotment is 1,200 for Central, 800 for Hoover. Ben Thomas |, al, "How Hoover, Central-Phenix City turned an abnormal situation into a great matchup," 19 Aug. 2020 Chief Operating Officer Steven Gutierrez said every district in the state received an allotment of PPE based on enrollment as part of the CARES Act distribution of funds. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball ISD approves $1M purchase of Chromebooks and hotspots for the new school year," 13 Aug. 2020 As of June 30, Indianapolis had only spent 3% of its $168 million Coronavirus Relief Fund allotment. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "'It's like a tidal wave.' Indianapolis grapples with serving residents in need," 12 Aug. 2020 Maximum boost has been increased to 16 psi, two more than the Grand National's allotment, but a circuit in the engine-control computer still shuts off the fuel flow at 124 mph. Tony Assenza, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1987 Buick GNX Exercises Brute Force," 11 Aug. 2020 In the Sunset allotment, north of Lake Road and just east of Columbia Road, some paving work is following up some utility work. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Trail projects, road and recreation work, continue in Bay Village," 10 Aug. 2020

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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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8 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Allotment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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