pro·​por·​tion·​ate | \prə-ˈpȯr-sh(ə-)nət \

Definition of proportionate 

(Entry 1 of 2)


pro·​por·​tion·​ate | \prə-ˈpȯr-shə-ˌnāt \
proportionated; proportionating

Definition of proportionate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make proportionate : proportion

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Other Words from proportionate


proportionately adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for proportionate

Synonyms: Adjective

commensurable, commensurate, proportional

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of proportionate in a Sentence


Each investor will receive a proportionate share of the profits. expect financial returns proportionate to your efforts

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The odds for the remaining teams will increase on a proportionate basis for the second lottery draw, based on which club wins the first lottery draw, and again for the third lottery draw, based on which club wins the 2nd lottery draw. Helene Elliott,, "NHL announces odds for this year's draft lottery," 28 Mar. 2018 Fifteen years of forced hard labor, bound ankle to wrist in chains, simply wasn’t proportionate to the offense of fudging a payroll ledger. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Cruel and Unusual, Amazon and PillPack, Biotech IPO Madness," 28 June 2018 At that point, the owner pays the original loan amount and a proportionate share of any increase in the home’s value (determined by the sales price or an appraisal). Kathleen Pender,, "Enter soon for chance to score $375,000 in SF down-payment lottery," 5 July 2018 And in many ways, the response has been proportionate. Kurtis Alexander,, "With wildfire season at hand, California on slightly safer footing this year," 17 June 2018 The odds for the remaining non-playoff clubs will increase on a proportionate basis for the second lottery draw (based on which club wins the first lottery draw) and again for the third lottery draw. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "NHL draft prospects final rankings: Who might intrigue Red Wings?," 16 Apr. 2018 Israel’s army argued that its actions were proportionate, a justified attempt to defend a border. The Economist, "Deadly protests on Gaza’s border with Israel," 17 May 2018 For all these reasons, these strikes were legitimate, proportionate, and justified. Alex Marquardt, CNN, "White House talking points on Syria before Haley's interview cite intended Russia sanctions," 20 Apr. 2018 How should it be done in a proportionate manner?’ These technologies have become very useful and convenient for the police. Rod Mccullom, The Atlantic, "Drug Use Is Detectable on Your Fingerprints," 13 Apr. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


1570, in the meaning defined above

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