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 But Johnson & Johnson’s allotment to states will be limited until the East Baltimore plant tasked with manufacturing them receives emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Hallie Miller,, "Maryland-based Novavax phase 3 clinical trial expands to include children 12 to 17," 3 May 2021 The symbolic bank note, bearing President Biden’s signature, reflects the city’s allotment of federal coronavirus relief funds. Washington Post, "As covid relief money floods in, pandemic-battered cities see a chance to transform," 20 Apr. 2021 Tickets went on sale the morning of April 2 and within two hours, the athletic department’s allotment was sold out, Utah deputy athletic director for external operations Scott Kull told The Salt Lake Tribune late last week. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Fans will be back at Rice-Eccles for the Red-White game as Utah is on pace to sell out 2021 season," 13 Apr. 2021 After rising for two weeks, Arkansas' allotment of coronavirus vaccine for people who have not yet received a shot is expected to drop by a third next week due to a reduction in the number of Johnson & Johnson doses coming into the state. Arkansas Online, "April 9, 2021: This week in Arkansas news," 9 Apr. 2021 This is the first week with a major drop in supply after 10 straight weeks with significant jumps in the state’s allotment. Richard Tribou,, "Johnson & Johnson vaccine shortage cuts Florida supply next week, down nearly 270k doses," 7 Apr. 2021 The first half of Cleveland’s allotment is expected to be transferred to the city sometime near mid-May, Council President Kevin Kelley said. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "How should Cleveland spend $541M in coronavirus aid? City Council ideas focus on lasting change," 7 Apr. 2021 Michigan’s direct allotment of doses will total about 620,000 next week, a record., "US draws close to 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations," 1 Apr. 2021 Some walk-ups will be allowed at the unit, within each day’s allotment of vaccine, officials said. Emily Brindley,, "Daily coronavirus updates: Hospitalizations increase 25% in a week; Five conditions detailed for ‘accelerated access’ when vaccinations expand April 1," 29 Mar. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Allotment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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