apportion

verb ap·por·tion \ ə-ˈpȯr-shən \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of apportion

apportioned; apportioning play \-sh(ə-)niŋ\
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.

apportionable

play \-shə-nə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of apportion in a Sentence

  1. The proceeds from the auction will be apportioned among the descendents.

  2. Apportion the expenses between the parties involved.

  3. The agency apportions water from the lake to residents.

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Origin and Etymology of apportion

Middle French apportionner, from a- (from Latin ad-) + portionner to portion



APPORTION Defined for English Language Learners

apportion

verb

Definition of apportion for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

apportion

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

apportionable

adjective

apportionment

noun


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