apportion

verb
ap·​por·​tion | \ ə-ˈpȯr-shən How to pronounce apportion (audio) \
apportioned; apportioning\ ə-​ˈpȯr-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce apportioning (audio) \

Definition of apportion

transitive verb

: to divide and share out according to a plan especially : to make a proportionate division or distribution of Representatives are apportioned among the states.

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Other Words from apportion

apportionable \ ə-​ˈpȯr-​shə-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce apportionable (audio) \ adjective

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.
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Each school sets its own criteria for need and how the money is apportioned. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Being Smart About Work-Study at College," 7 Dec. 2018 This is about political power and how it is apportioned in Washington. Fox News, "New developments in Tucker's Google investigation; Dean Cain on Hollywood rallying behind Kavanaugh's accuser," 22 Sep. 2018 The data collected in the census is used to apportion congressional seats and to allocate money for government programs including Medicaid. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Trial Begins Over Proposed Census Citizenship Question," 5 Nov. 2018 Census data is used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives, draw state legislative districts and delineate school districts. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Amid crackdown, advocates for immigrants say citizenship question will spook census-takers," 16 Apr. 2018 The state is on the cusp of losing a U.S. House seat and the census determines how seats are apportioned. Janet Adamy, WSJ, "Citizenship Question Rankles in a Trial Run of 2020 Census," 13 Apr. 2018 But the bill to eliminate that Saturday would apportion those lost hours among other early voting days, so the total hours of polling would not change. Michael Wines, New York Times, "North Carolina Republicans Are Back With a New Plan for Strict Voter Laws," 15 June 2018 So, why would they be upset about that is because the census numbers are used to apportion money, the $675 billion that goes out in federal funds to these cities. Fox News, "Graham hails Trump's stance on North Korea, trade and Russia," 28 Mar. 2018 The immediate goal of an iffy Census is political, as my colleague Margaret Hartmann made clear: Undercounting immigrants and urban populations will give Republicans an edge in apportioning representatives and drawing electoral districts. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "New York City’s Demographer-in-Chief Is Worried About the 2020 Census," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of apportion

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apportion

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

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apportion

verb

English Language Learners Definition of apportion

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

apportion

transitive verb
ap·​por·​tion | \ ə-ˈpȯr-shən How to pronounce apportion (audio) \

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

Other Words from apportion

apportionable adjective
apportionment noun

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