ap·por·tion | \ ə-ˈpȯr-shən \
apportioned; apportioning\-sh(ə-)niŋ \

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 \-shə-nə-bəl \ 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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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 Dues are apportioned under a cost-sharing formula based on gross national income. David S. Cloud,, "Here's what you need to know about Trump's complaints to NATO allies about defense spending," 11 July 2018 Scapegoats will be found, blame will be apportioned. Jonathan Wilson,, "The Danger of Overreacting to Brazil's Disappointing World Cup Exit," 7 July 2018 Selective public schools in Chicago already apportion seats through a mix of grades, test scores and demographic considerations meant to achieve socioeconomic diversity. Dana Goldstein, New York Times, "Educators Turn to Programs for Top Students to Narrow the ‘Excellence Gap’," 25 June 2018 Coats said the Census estimates are critical for apportioning both political representation as well as funding to support changing populations. Caroline Metzler And Gavin Off, charlotteobserver, "Hispanic population continues to rise in NC as white population trails," 25 June 2018 Hard to know exactly how to apportion blame/credit here. Jon Wertheim,, "Five Thoughts From Day Two at Wimbledon," 3 July 2018 London and its allies are understood to want the OPCW to begin apportioning blame for chemical attacks, in a move toward ending impunity for the use of poison gas and nerve agents. Mike Corder, Fox News, "Britain rallies support for strengthening chemical watchdog," 1 June 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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The first known use of apportion was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of apportion

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


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

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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