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

Definition of proportionate

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pro·​por·​tion·​ate | \ prə-ˈpȯr-shə-ˌnāt How to pronounce proportionate (audio) \
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

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of proportionate in a Sentence

Adjective Each investor will receive a proportionate share of the profits. expect financial returns proportionate to your efforts
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To give you a proportionate sense of where those were going, $275 million of that — so over a quarter of it — was to affordable housing, $258 million was to small business, $120 million to auto loans, and $275 million to nonprofits. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Inclusion riders stipulate that the cast and/or crew in a film reflect a proportionate number of women, minorities, LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2021 The bad news is that, as more kids come down with Covid, the proportionate number who get hospitalized is going up as well. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 13 Aug. 2021 Defense attorneys and prosecutors could use the database to advocate for a particular sentence, and the public would be able to view which judges are doling out proportionate sentences. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 12 Aug. 2021 Alluding to the mask mandates and other interventions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, the tweet further claims cancer has not received a proportionate public health response. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 The default for payment of estate taxes: If an estate tax is due, then each person who takes a bequest by will has to pay a proportionate share. Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2021 They are reached by a gradual development over a length of time usually proportionate to their importance. James Freeman, WSJ, 2 July 2021 Things that were beautiful were understood to be orderly, in harmony, balanced, proportionate to themselves and generally integrated into a world that was either man-made or served man’s purposes. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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First Known Use of proportionate


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1570, in the meaning defined above

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“Proportionate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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