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 The population survey is key to apportioning Congressional districts and determining the distribution of billions in federal funds for schools, infrastructure and health systems. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, "Census officials temporarily suspend some operations because of coronavirus outbreak," 18 Mar. 2020 They are used to draw legislative districts, apportion government spending, and inform investment decisions by businesses. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, Science | AAAS, "Unrest over citizenship policies could imperil India’s census," 17 Mar. 2020 But apportioning time and sticking to plans are valuable life skills kids can learn while school is canceled. Nir Eyal, New York Times, "Home-Schooling Tweens and Teens During Coronavirus Closings," 12 Mar. 2020 Sponsors of two bills recently introduced in the Legislature say more changes are needed to stop runaway jury verdicts and correctly apportion blame when someone is injured and sues for compensation. Bill Rankin, ajc, "It’s business and insurers vs. trial lawyers in fight over tort bills," 27 Feb. 2020 The precinct-level delegates who were apportioned on the night of the caucuses will go on to county conventions in March. Time, "Everything You Need to Know About How the Iowa Caucuses Work," 2 Feb. 2020 In 1787, the compromise was introduced to classify a slave as three-fifths of a person when apportioning taxes and states’ representation in Congress., "District apologizes for assignment comparing value of slaves," 11 Dec. 2019 The app was intended to help the precinct chairs record the results from each round of voting and take care of the calculations to apportion delegates. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Iowa’s Tally-by-App Experiment Fails," 5 Feb. 2020 Under the panel's plan, the sum would be placed in the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program and apportioned to the states. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A bill that would provide needed billions for conservation has advanced through a House committee," 28 Dec. 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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1 Apr 2020

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“Apportion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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


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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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