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noun [countable] quota pronunciation in British English /ˈkwəʊtə/
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  1. 1
    economics an amount of something that someone is officially allowed to have or do

    The UK fishing fleet is likely to reach its annual quota after only six months.

    quota of:

    By ten o’clock she had already had her daily quota of calories.

  2. 2
    an amount of something that someone has to do

    He was worried he might not meet his monthly sales quota.

    quota of:

    I’ve done my quota of the work.

  3. 3
    a number of votes that someone needs to get in order to be elected

    He was just 15 votes short of the quota.

  4. 4
    informal an amount of something that you expect

    We’ve had our usual quota of wet days this summer.



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