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Definition of quota noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] the limited number or amount of people or things that is officially allowed to introduce a strict import quota on grain a quota system for accepting refugees
  2. 2[countable] an amount of something that someone expects or needs to have or achieve I'm going home now—I've done my quota of work for the day. to get your full quota of sleep
  3. 3[singular] (politics) a fixed number of votes that a candidate needs in order to be elected He was 76 votes short of the quota.
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