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1 give out or allot; "We were assigned new uniforms" [syn: assign, portion]
2 allow to have; "grant a privilege" [syn: accord, grant]
3 administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone" [syn: distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, dole out] [also: allotting, allotted]allotted adj : given as a task; "her allotted chores"allotted See allot

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Allotment may refer to:
  • Allotment (gardening), in the United Kingdom, a small area of land, let out at a nominal yearly rent by local government or independent allotment associations, for individuals to grow their own food
  • Allotment (financial), a method of distributing securities to investors when an issue has been oversubscribed.
  • Sortition, also known as allotment, is a method of selection by some form of lottery such as drawing coloured pebbles from a bag.
    • In Athenian democracy, allotment was the principle form of democratic choice with most magistrates and their large juries chosen this way; the Athenians considered allotment to be more democratic than elections.
  • Dawes General Allotment Act, a United States legislation of 1887 authorizing the President to survey Native American land and divide the arable area into allotments for the individual Native American.
  • Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act, United States legislation of 1935 allowing the government to pay farmers to reduce production
  • The Allotment, a 1988 book by Colin Ward
  • A neighbourhood in a suburban area.
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