allotment

noun
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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Examples of allotment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here are more details on how to enter and which bottles are in the allotment. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cork and Barrel Wine Bar’s sparkler tasting, Regency tasting, opera night at Debonne, Ugly sweater party, more - wine calendar," 3 Dec. 2019 But university students continued to enrol for the event in the 72,000-capacity NRG stadium, till Aug. 29, as part of a special allotment. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "How to watch, and everything else you need to know about Modi’s Houston mega event," 21 Sep. 2019 In the Hardie Summer allotment, there’s plenty of forage, including grasses and flowering pants, for both cows and birds. Maxine Bernstein, oregonlive.com, "Judge won’t rule until July 17 on request to bar further grazing by Hammond Ranches Inc.," 28 June 2019 Of that allotment, agriculture consumes about 70 percent. Bill Hatcher, National Geographic, "Arizona’s water supplies are drying up. How will its farmers survive?," 12 Nov. 2019 This year, the administration of Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, has used job vacancies as justification to deny certain requests for VPSO funding and to cut the allotment in the state budget. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "Alaska’s Uneven Rural Law Enforcement System Often Leaves Remote Villages With No Cops," 25 Oct. 2019 This year, the administration of Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, has used job vacancies as justification to deny certain requests for VPSO funding and to cut the allotment in the state budget. Anchorage Daily News, "Why remote Alaska communities that need cops aren’t getting them," 25 Oct. 2019 The investigation has pulled in Oregon State Police as well as the U.S. Forest Service because the cattle were grazing on a federal allotment in the Malheur National Forest. oregonlive.com, "Mysterious Oregon cattle killings, mutilations alarm ranchers," 22 Aug. 2019 While lacking a second-round pick, the Heat retain $3.8 million to spend on a second-round pick, with that available cash spending allotment otherwise to expire on June 30. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Unpredictability again enters into Heat’s NBA draft equation," 19 June 2019

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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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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Allotment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allotment. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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allotment

noun
How to pronounce allotment (audio)

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

allotment

noun
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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