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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Recent Examples on the Web If the House of Representatives were apportioned based on this year’s data, Texas would gain two seats, while Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Oregon would each gain one. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "U.S. Population Grew at Slowest Pace in More Than 80 Years," 19 Dec. 2018 The researchers explored how people apportioned blame in these setups. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "When both drivers are in error, people blame the human one more," 31 Oct. 2019 The resolution noted that while an equal division among the nine Parma wards is impossible, funds from the street levy would be apportioned as evenly as possible. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma voters, unhappy with residential streets, to decide road construction tax increase on fall ballot," 21 Oct. 2019 The census is intended to count anyone residing in the country, so seats in the House of Representatives can be apportioned fairly among the states. USA TODAY, "Supreme Court orders further fact-finding on controversial 2020 census citizenship question," 27 June 2019 Participants did apportion some blame to both drivers in these scenarios—but the human took more blame than the car. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "When both drivers are in error, people blame the human one more," 31 Oct. 2019 The state of Alabama filed a suit last year against the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau, arguing that the current system of apportioning congressional seats gives an unfair electoral advantage to states with more undocumented immigrants. al, "Alabama Census fight leads to lawsuit by group representing Latino voters," 2 Oct. 2019 The state of Alabama filed a suit last year against the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau, arguing that the current system of apportioning congressional seats gives an unfair electoral advantage to states with more undocumented immigrants. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "Latino voter group files lawsuit over Alabama claim on census," 1 Oct. 2019 The census impacts everything from how seats are apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, to redistricting, to federal funding for state programs. Fortune, "The 2020 Census Is Still Problematic—Even Without the Citizenship Question: raceAhead," 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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The first known use of apportion was in the 15th century

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10 Dec 2019

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“Apportion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apportion?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=apport01. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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apportion

verb
How to pronounce apportion (audio)

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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