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[uh-lot-muh nt] /əˈlɒt mənt/
the act of allotting.
a portion or thing allotted; a share granted.
(in U.S. military use) the portion of pay that an officer or enlisted person authorizes to be paid directly to another person, as a dependent, or an institution, as an insurance company.
British. a plot of land rented to a gardener.
Origin of allotment
1565-75; allot + -ment; compare French allotement
Related forms
misallotment, noun
nonallotment, noun
proallotment, adjective
reallotment, noun
2. measure, lot, ration. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for allotment
  • Pronghorns habitat is primarily in the north portion of the allotment.
  • Many of this lost of applicants had received gratuities under the old act, and return now to increase their allotment hers.
  • Sector members create a business plan that makes clear how the allotment will be divided and how, when and where they will fish.
  • Wheat and soy prices increase when corn prices are high, since their acreage allotment is replaced by corn.
  • Sector allotment is based on past catches and where they were.
  • The region is so dry that it receives more moisture from ocean fog than from its meager allotment of annual rainfall.
  • The cotton allotment program pays farmers not to grow cotton.
  • Families on welfare receive an additional allotment for rent.
  • Actually, the orchestral execution seemed to improve from piece to piece, which may reflect the allotment of rehearsal time.
  • The school also reconfirmed the allotment of the teaching positions.
British Dictionary definitions for allotment


the act of allotting; apportionment
a portion or amount allotted
(Brit) a small piece of usually public land rented by an individual for cultivation
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Word Origin and History for allotment

1570s, "action of allotting," from Middle French allotement, from Old French aloter (see allot). Or else a native formation from allot + -ment. Meaning "portion assigned to someone or some purpose" is from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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