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 However, the season had to be shortened to 25 days to ensure the quota was not exceeded. Frank Sargeant, al, "Alabama anglers may see snapper season extension," 9 Aug. 2020 Only one local deer advisory council – Forest County – recommended a zero antlerless quota for 2020. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bonus antlerless deer permits available beginning Aug. 17," 8 Aug. 2020 Callbacks to auditions feel like theater companies trying to hit a quota. oregonlive, "Award spurs broader conversations about racism in Portland theater," 6 Aug. 2020 The workers, according to charging documents, were paid $50 to $75 per day and felt pressured to meet a quota of 10 applications per shift or risk losing their jobs. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Fact check: Pence claims Hoosiers prosecuted in ballot fraud case," 4 Aug. 2020 Al Horvath, chairman of the Douglas County advisory committee, said the board cut its quota recommendations in half. Todd Richmond, Star Tribune, "Wis. DNR board revises deer quotas after open meeting allegations," 30 July 2020 So far, the White House has called for the US to reallocate the existing refugee quota towards Hong Kong. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Let Hong Kong refugees into the US," 30 July 2020 When the lion populations decreased sharply after three years, CPW researchers lowered the hunting quota to 11% for the next two years, the report said, and the population after the five years decreased by 34%. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Colorado wildlife agency’s past research raises questions about mountain lion hunting levels," 24 May 2020 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

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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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14 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quota.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quota. Accessed 15 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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