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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How should their degree of historical culpability be apportioned? Michael Tanner, National Review, "The Wrenching Reparations Question," 26 June 2019 The once-a-decade tally of citizens is used to apportion resources and political representation among states according to population size. The Economist, "ImmigrationImmigration shapes the politics of California and Texas," 20 June 2019 In the absence of adults, children must figure out how to apportion resources, forge diplomatic relationships, and maintain order. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds," 17 June 2019 Trump apportioned blame to Khan, a member of the opposition Labour Party, for the attacks, retweeting a post by the right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins. Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Donald Trump: London mayor Sadiq Khan a 'disaster' over spate of violence," 16 June 2019 The cabinets are Ikea laminate and modestly apportioned; apparently, Swedish cooks prefer narrow platters. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Seattle Times, "Kitchen confidential: How I downsized the most important room in the house," 24 Sep. 2018 At Blue Apron’s most automated plant in New Jersey, radishes tumble down chutes, go through a system of scales to sort them by weight and are apportioned at a rate of 70 bags a minute. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "The Messy Business of Selling Meal Kits," 27 July 2018 The basic idea is that the federal government will apportion among the citizens living now the historical guilt for heinous acts committed by people long dead against other people long dead. James Freeman, WSJ, "Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Qualified to Teach History, Either," 19 Mar. 2019 The move put further strain on already tense relations between Russia and the West and opened a new legal front in the long-running process of apportioning blame for the missile strike. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Australian lawmaker says MH17 was her most emotional time," 28 Aug. 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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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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