Simple Definition of apportion
: to divide (something) among or between people : to give (a part of something) to a number of people
Examples of apportion in a sentence
The proceeds from the auction will be apportioned among the descendents.
Apportion the expenses between the parties involved.
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
Legal Definition of apportion
: to make a usually 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
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