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apportion

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verb ap·por·tion \ə-ˈpȯr-shən\

Simple Definition of apportion

  • : to divide (something) among or between people : to give (a part of something) to a number of people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of apportion

apportionedapportioningplay \-sh(ə-)niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to divide and share out according to a plan; especially :  to make a proportionate division or distribution of

apportionable play \-shə-nə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of apportion in a sentence

  1. The proceeds from the auction will be apportioned among the descendents.

  2. Apportion the expenses between the parties involved.

  3. The agency apportions water from the lake to residents.



Origin of apportion

Middle French apportionner, from a- (from Latin ad-) + portionner to portion


First Known Use: 1574

Rhymes with apportion


Law Dictionary

apportion

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transitive verb ap·por·tion \ə-ˈpȯr-shən\

Legal Definition of apportion

  1. :  to make a usu. proportionate division or distribution of (an amount due) according to a plan: as a :  to divide (an amount due in tax or other liability) among the parties responsible for respective shares of the payment — compare contribution b :  to assign (a portion of the consideration agreed to in a contract) as payment for the other party's partial performance c :  to distribute (corporate dividends) based on some proportion d :  to assign (legislative representatives and taxes) among the states as provided by law

apportionable adjective
apportionment noun





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