1 fixed share that must be done or contributed or received 定额; 限额; 配额
*have one's full quota of rations 有自己全份的配给量
* I'm going home now I've done my quota of work for the day. 我现在回家了--我已经完成了今天的工作定额.
2 maximum number or amount of people or things allowed, eg to enter a country （人或事物的）最高限额（如准予入境者）
*Grain imports are controlled by strict quotas. 谷物进口量受最高限额的严格控制.
[Date: 1600-1700; Language: Medieval Latin;Origin:Latin quota pars 'how large a part']
an official limit on the number or amount of something that is allowed in a particular period
The government has imposed quotas on the export of timber.
The government has decided to scrap quotas on car imports.
Several countries have now set quotas for cod fishing.
There are plans to introduce strict immigration quotas .
an amount of something that someone is expected to do or achieve
Each person was given a quota of tickets to sell.
In the 1990s the Navy couldn't fill its quota for new recruits.
meet/make/achieve a quota
Workers only get paid if they make their quota.
They're worried that they won't achieve this year's sales quota.
an amount of something that you think is fair, right, or normal
= fair sharequota of
The committee has had more than its quota of problems.
I think I've had my quota of coffee for the day.
BrE a particular number of votes that someone needs to get to be elected in an election
COLLOCATES for sense 1
impose/introduce a quota (=officially start a quota)
set a quota (=say what the quota for something will be)
lift/end/scrap a quota
1. The quota of foreigners allowed into the country has been reduced. 允许外国人入境的数额已经减少。