quota

noun
quo·​ta | \ ˈkwō-tə How to pronounce quota (audio) \

Definition of quota

1 : a proportional part or share especially : the share or proportion assigned to each in a division or to each member of a body
2 : the number or amount constituting a proportional share
3 : a fixed number or percentage of minority group members or women needed to meet the requirements of affirmative action

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Examples of quota in a Sentence

The agency imposes strict fishing quotas. The company has imposed quotas on hiring. He lost his driver's license because he exceeded the quota of traffic violations. The department set new sales quotas in January.
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Recent Examples on the Web The department also recommended a quota of eight in 2020 but was overruled by the NRB. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2021 Unlocking the full quota of potential in people requires managing the fear that stymies candor, freezes initiative, and leaves ingenuity latent. Dr Margie Warrell, Forbes, 25 May 2021 After collecting the quota of five females and five males, the team headed back to the Presidio’s Inspiration Point. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2021 The higher minimum wage must be paid for a worker to be counted as part of a company’s quota of citizen employees, the ministry said. Vivian Nereim, Bloomberg.com, 18 Nov. 2020 The hunt is scheduled to remain open until the end of March or until the quota of 5,000 animals is reached. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2020 While the number of samples collected remains steady from year to year, the department has been unable to consistently meet its sample quota from high, medium and low-risk areas. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2021 Since 2014, the department has eliminated the previous quota system that capped the total number of bears that could be harvested. Kimberly Seif, baltimoresun.com, 27 Apr. 2021 By 1924, the United States had taken steps to shut down nearly all immigration from Asia and to enact a quota system that severely restricted immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of quota

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quota

Medieval Latin, from Latin quota pars how great a part

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16 Jun 2021

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“Quota.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quota. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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quota

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quota

: an official limit on the number or amount of people or things that are allowed
: a specific amount or number that is expected to be achieved

quota

noun
quo·​ta | \ ˈkwō-tə How to pronounce quota (audio) \

Kids Definition of quota

1 : a limit on the number or amount of people or things that are allowed a quota on imported goods
2 : a share assigned to each member of a group Each colony received its quota of troops.
3 : a specific amount or number of things that is expected to be achieved She sold her quota of candy bars.

quota

noun
quo·​ta | \ ˈkwō-tə How to pronounce quota (audio) \

Legal Definition of quota

1 : a proportional part or share assigned to each in a body
2 : a specific amount that serves as a minimum or maximum a law against traffic ticket quotas

History and Etymology for quota

Medieval Latin, from Latin quota pars how great a part

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