Definition of "quota" [quo•ta]

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

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Use "quota" in a sentence
  • "Sometimes only a certain quota is allowed to be taken and then there is more conflict."
  • "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."
  • "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."