in proportion to

idiom

1
: related in size, number, or amount to (something else)
Your share of the profits will be in proportion to the amount of work that you do.
2
: having the correct or appropriate relationship in size, shape, or position to (some other part of the same thing)
The garage is not in proportion to the house.
3
: when compared to the size, shape, or position of (some other part of the same thing)
His head is large in proportion to his body.

Examples of in proportion to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Share [Findings] The U.S. municipal bond market penalizes communities in proportion to the percentage of their population that is black but generally ignores their vulnerability to climate change. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 22 May 2024 Trump could also seek to use U.S. aid for Ukraine as leverage over Europe, to be given or taken away in proportion to what Europe can give to the United States. Liana Fix, Foreign Affairs, 22 Mar. 2024 Indeed, Merrill and Sabharwal proved that chain of thought only really begins to help when the number of intermediate steps grows in proportion to the size of the input, and many problems require the number of intermediate steps to grow much larger still. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 21 Mar. 2024 Convention delegates were basically parceled out in proportion to a candidate’s vote. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2024 Checks will be sent to more than 15,000 people jailed by the city, with the amounts in proportion to the number of hours spent in Ferguson's jail, according to ArchCity. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 28 Feb. 2024 In addition, the operator agreed to negotiate salaries after workers demanded an increase in proportion to the revenue generated from ticket sales. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2024 Almost in proportion to the seriousness of the demand that is being made of me. David Marchese Photograph By Mamadi Doumbouya, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Instead, Sunnyvale bought an equity share in the property in proportion to the $4 million that Sunnyvale Community Services needed to pay off its mortgage. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 6 Jan. 2024

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“In proportion to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20proportion%20to. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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