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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Unclaimed tickets from the students’ per-game allotment of 2,500 are sold to the general public, usually for $20. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Turnstile attendance for SDSU men’s basketball continues to decline," 13 July 2019 Miles told attendees that House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 2 increased the basic allotment per student by 20 percent and provides funds for full-day Pre-K for low-income students, which drew loud applause from the crowd. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Senator Borris Miles hosts Missouri City Town Hall," 12 July 2019 The allotments are based on a formula that assigns the most seats to the states with the largest number of people and the fewest seats to those with the least number of people — with each state getting at least one representative in the House. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump folds in latest round of perennial American battle: Citizenship and the census," 12 July 2019 Population figures guide the allotment of hundreds of billions of federal dollars every year, touching virtually everyone in the nation. John Wagner,, "Government lawyers step up effort to get a citizenship question on 2020 Census, court filing shows," 5 July 2019 The original allotment sold out within 30 minutes, with 70% of those tickets being sold in the United Kingdom, compared to just 10% in the United States. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Here comes the Yankees and Red Sox, but for now, London doesn’t seem to notice," 27 June 2019 The national average is $15,000 per client per year, three times higher than the allotment given United Services. Denise Coffey,, "Northeast Connecticut Forgotten Again," 24 June 2019 The new law increased the state’s basic per-student funding allotment. Liz Teitz,, "School districts across San Antonio deciding teacher pay raises," 21 June 2019 That cash came as part of the $5.3 million league-maximum cash allotment the Heat had at their disposal for the 2018-19 NBA fiscal calendar. Ira Winderman,, "Heat trade of a 2024 second-rounder essentially a cash deal," 20 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

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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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