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 Biologists expect the full quota to be reached by 11:59 p.m. July 3, when the season will close. USA TODAY, "Marathon man, Veep visit, mask mandates: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2020 The amendments introduced the position of vice president and enshrined a 25% quota for women in Parliament’s lower, legislative chamber. Washington Post, "Egypt sets August election dates for restored Senate," 4 July 2020 Red snapper season closes at midnight tonight, July 3, as the recreational quota is adjudged to have been met. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report," 3 July 2020 During that panel, Auburn athletic director Allen Greene, one of just nine Black athletic directors in the Power Five conferences, said the discussion can’t be about hitting a quota. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "As conversations about racial inequality grow, Black head coaches continue to be overlooked," 30 June 2020 Making the most of their daily exercise quota, the Speedo-wearing stalwarts of the Brighton Swimming Club carried on as always. National Geographic, "What’s ‘wild swimming’? The perfect antidote to cabin fever," 29 June 2020 The last time the testing sites did not fill their daily quota was June 9, the day testing was opened to anyone who had been to a large public gathering, Rubio said. Dallas News, "Demand for coronavirus tests soars at Dallas County’s main screening sites," 27 June 2020 Lots of anglers have taken advantage of great weather, and Alabama had hit 76.5% of its 1.1 million-pound quota by Monday, according to a news release from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. USA TODAY, "Marathon man, Veep visit, mask mandates: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2020 But look at management and executive boards, where there is no legal quota, and the picture is quite different. David Meyer, Fortune, "Corporate Germany has a race problem—and a lack of data is not helping," 19 June 2020

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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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The first known use of quota was in 1618

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21 Jul 2020

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“Quota.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quota. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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quota

noun
How to pronounce quota (audio)

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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