from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A proportional share, as of goods, assigned to a group or to each member of a group; an allotment.
  • n. A production assignment.
  • n. A number or percentage, especially of people, constituting or designated as an upper limit: a country with strict annual immigration quotas.
  • n. A number or percentage, especially of people, constituting a required or targeted minimum: a system of quotas for hiring minority applicants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A proportional part or share; the share or proportion assigned to each in a division.
  • n. A prescribed number or percentage that may serve as, for example, a maximum, a minimum, or a goal.
  • n. A restriction on the import of something to a specific quantity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A proportional part or share; the share or proportion assigned to each in a division.
  • n. a share of effort required to be performed, or a share of resources required to be contributed to some common purpose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A proportional part or share; share or proportion assigned to each; any required or proportionate single contribution to a total sum, number, or quantity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a proportional share assigned to each participant
  • n. a prescribed number
  • n. a limitation on imports


Medieval Latin, from Latin quota (pars), how large (a part), feminine of quotus, of what number; see quote.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin quota, from Latin quota pars. (Wiktionary)


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  • For example if his ten reps have all been on board for 6 months and the annual quota is 1M Usd, then we should have 2. 5M/quarter in quota laid off and we should expect 2. 5M X .70 = 1. 750M.

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  • Then I asked her if she'd ever been in a band before, but I guess she'd used up her word quota for the year because she just nodded and took off.

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  • And on top of that, the quota is there so that they dont overfish and the alaskan king crab becomes extinct, i live in north pole alaska about 10min from fairbanks and ive been to dutch harbor, talked to the factory worker and all that.

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  • "They never use the word 'quota,' but the supervisors tell you what your beat is 'expected to produce' " in numbers of violations, explains the former PPA worker.

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  • The "quota" is that proportion of the votes which necessarily secures the election of a candidate.

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  • I know some people really aren't into the whole demonstrating in front of others or doing events or workshops, but that's the beauty of Stampin 'Up. The sales quota is just $300 every three months ... just $25 a week!

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  • This won't be a massacre if the quota is held to, which it should be.

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  • After the securities regulator issues a QFII license, a foreign investor must obtain an investment quota from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange before making any investments.

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  • "If I were the old me, you'd still have a place in my life, but I have a new person in my life and my quota is full, so you've been lifted out?"

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