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quota

[kwoh-tuh] /ˈkwoʊ tə/
noun
1.
the share or proportional part of a total that is required from, or is due or belongs to, a particular district, state, person, group, etc.
2.
a proportional part or share of a fixed total amount or quantity.
3.
the number or percentage of persons of a specified kind permitted to enroll in a college, join a club, immigrate to a country, etc.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Medieval Latin, short for Latin quota pars how great a part?
Synonyms
1. allotment, apportionment, allocation.
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Examples from the web for quota
  • Catch share programs, in which regional fishery councils divvy up quota shares to fishermen, could help ease this burden.
  • The new quota will operate on some kind of point system.
  • In sales you get caught up in trying to tell people how they can make more money and how they can make their quota.
  • My job was to visit our low-volume customers and see if I could help them meet their quota.
  • When our quota was increased to 14 trucks a day, we got so tired that at the end we had no energy left to go home.
  • Lippman spends her mornings drinking latte and writing her quota of 1000 words a day, five days a week.
  • The quota was met two weeks before the season's scheduled close.
  • Whereas a given quota could be sold to someone else, the overall total catch could not change.
  • It could then sell its extra permits to other polluting companies struggling to meet their emissions quota.
  • Instead, they slashed fisherman's quota's by huge percentages.
British Dictionary definitions for quota

quota

/ˈkwəʊtə/
noun
1.
the proportional share or part of a whole that is due from, due to, or allocated to a person or group
2.
a prescribed number or quantity, as of items to be manufactured, imported, or exported, immigrants admitted to a country, or students admitted to a college
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quota pars how big a share?, from quotus of what number
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Word Origin and History for quota
n.

1660s, from Medieval Latin quota, from Latin quota pars "how large a part," from quota, fem. singular of quotus "which, what number (in sequence);" see quote (v.). Earliest reference is to contributions of soldiers or supplies levied from a town or district; immigration sense is from 1921.

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