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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It’s much, much easier to apportion blame to the traffic and the quality of the corn chips than accept responsibility for herself. The Know, The Denver Post, "Interview: Cate Blanchett finds intensity and heart in Richard Linklater’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”," 16 Aug. 2019 The court that will oversee Purdue’s case has the thorny task of trying to figure out how to apportion monies generated by the plan among thousands of states, cities and counties seeking reimbursement for tax dollars spent on the crisis. Jef Feeley, Fortune, "Purdue Pharma’s $10 Billion Bankruptcy Plan to Settle Opioid Epidemic Claims Heads to Court," 16 Sep. 2019 Since the late 19th century, scientists and government agencies have sought to model and predict when the monsoon will come, a vital task in apportioning relief and assistance to the two billion or so people who depend on the monsoon for sustenance. James Griffiths, CNN, "What happens when parts of South Asia become unlivable? The climate crisis is already displacing millions," 17 July 2019 In 2015, the Houston bus system was transformed overnight from a traditional hub-and-spoke design focused on downtown to a grid that apportioned equal service to other parts of the city. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Falling transit ridership poses an ‘emergency’ for cities, experts fear," 21 Mar. 2018 Still, while Clinton won the state, Obama took more delegates because of the way Nevada apportions them. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "2020 Democrats hope powerful Nevada union can help serve them a win," 23 Aug. 2019 The framers of the Constitution made clear that everyone counted in apportioning Congress (if not in whole numbers). Emily Badger, New York Times, "People Who Can’t Vote Still Count Politically in America. What if That Changes?," 22 June 2019 These are the places where power in America gets apportioned. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Jeffrey Epstein and the Power of Networks," 27 Aug. 2019 No’ vote retains redistricting by legislature, a body whose members are strictly apportioned in accordance with population; retains current constitutional and statutory redistricting requirements. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Explanation of potential ballot measure rewriting Oregon redistricting rules needs rewrite, state Supreme Court rules," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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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


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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