Definition of allotment in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlɒtm(ə)nt/


1British A plot of land rented by an individual for growing vegetables or flowers.
Example sentences
  • Some of them have nice gardens at home for flowers, and want the allotments to grow vegetables.
  • The couple have grown vegetables on two allotments on the Pickards Field site behind their home for 11 years.
  • As newlyweds in the 1940s, the couple had rented a small allotment and grown potatoes, cabbages and salad crops, to help enrich their restricted diet amid post-war rationing.
rented plot/land/garden
1.1US , chiefly historical A piece of land made over by the government to an American Indian.
Example sentences
  • After Ojibwa families took their allotments, unallotted land on reservations was then sold to the public.
  • Other measures, most notably the Burke Act of 1906, allowed Indians to sell their allotments.
  • For the Choctaws in Oklahoma, allotment proved to be disastrous.
2 [mass noun] The action of allotting something: the allotment of equity securities
More example sentences
  • The threat of delisting was related at the time to the fact that this allotment of shares had been made.
  • You are right to blame the airlines, by the way: It is their design and their allotment of space that has turned coach accommodations into sardine cans for humans.
  • The allotment of shares in the Estate Company, in satisfaction of the purchase price under the 1924 Contract, was made on 29th October 1924.
2.1 [count noun] An amount allotted to a person.
Example sentences
  • Dosages can range from minimal allotments to toxic amounts with a variety of outcomes.
  • Mr Mwencha said payments for share allotments is expected to be completed over a maximum period of 12 months commencing in January.
  • A few weeks ago I commented that many of our Lower Mainland lakes were being stocked with noticeably smaller allotments of rainbow trout.
quota, share, ration, grant, limit, portion, allocation, allowance, helping, batch, slice, stint, lot, measure, proportion, percentage
informal cut, whack

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