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pro·​por·​tion·​ate prə-ˈpȯr-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce proportionate (audio)
proportionately adverb


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pro·​por·​tion·​ate prə-ˈpȯr-shə-ˌnāt How to pronounce proportionate (audio)
proportionated; proportionating

transitive verb

: to make proportionate : proportion

Example Sentences

Adjective Each investor will receive a proportionate share of the profits. expect financial returns proportionate to your efforts
Recent Examples on the Web
Washington fired back on Thursday, pledging to take proportionate action for any attacks on U.S. property. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2022 Germany has defended its measures as fair and proportionate — while also opposing proposals for E.U.-wide price caps or joint borrowing. Beatriz Rios, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2022 Intel confirmed that its Arc GPUs generally dedicate a certain amount of silicon to ray tracing, proportionate to each card's compute units. Sam Machkovech And Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 5 Oct. 2022 The European arm of industry association ACI said last week its members felt current slot requirements were proportionate and justified. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2022 So the industry decided to produce skis that come in shorter lengths and are lighter, softer, and cut differently, to be proportionate to women’s bodies and make for easier turn initiation. Heather Schultz, Outside Online, 4 Mar. 2021 And a very important principle in European regulation is that the regulation needs to be proportionate to the objective. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 4 Sep. 2022 And the cost, 25,000 dead civilians, was not proportionate to the military gains. Bob Carden,, 1 Sep. 2022 The jury selected for White’s trial was not racially proportionate to the city, as is often the case in a city where so many Black citizens are disqualified from service for past criminal history. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 4 June 2022
France’s two-round voting system is complex and not proportionate to the nationwide support for a party. Sylvie Corbet,, 12 June 2022 The two-round voting system is complex and not proportionate to the nationwide support for a party. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 12 June 2022 France's two-round voting system is complex and not proportionate to the nationwide support for a party. Sylvie Corbet, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 June 2022 The French system is complex and not proportionate to the nationwide support for a party. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 11 June 2022 For all the many colorful balls of powers whizzing through the sky, the action still felt relatively grounded and proportionate for what the show has been up to this point. Chancellor Agard,, 5 Mar. 2021 So far, China’s officials have kept their responses to the U.S. actions proportionate, for instance closing the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu when the Chinese Consulate in Houston was shut. Bob Davis, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of proportionate was in the 14th century

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“Proportionate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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