Definition of quota noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkwəʊtə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwoʊtə//
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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 somebody 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.
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from medieval Latin quota (pars) ‘how great (a part)’, feminine of quotus, from quot ‘how many’.Extra examples He never takes his full quota of holidays. Many countries are still exceeding their quotas. We had to increase our output to fill the quota by the end of the year. national quotas on imports of cars quotas for oil production the introduction of EU milk quotas Members of the military forces must fulfil a daily quota of work in the fields. The government plans to introduce a strict import quota on grain. The show is good fun and yields its full quota of laughs. They are bringing in a quota system for accepting refugees.
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