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 That is no reason for complacency in the face of COVID-19, or for rejecting a sensible, proportionate response to the coronavirus, but the concept of proportionality seems to be missing from the thinking of many non-Swedish governments worldwide. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Forward Guidance & the Fate of Cities," 17 Sep. 2020 The number of representatives in your state is proportionate to your state's population. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "A Step-By-Step Action Plan for Becoming a More Informed and Engaged Citizen," 24 Aug. 2020 Are people being assessed equitably, and are they being connected to the right housing interventions in proportionate ways? Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "What the annual homelessness count tells us about racial disparities in Indianapolis," 22 Aug. 2020 And with voter turnout expected to double from April to more than 3 million in November, a proportionate volume of absentee ballot rejections could be the difference in who wins the swing state — and possibly the presidency. Star Tribune, "Wisconsin absentee ballots may pose issues for 2020 election," 1 Aug. 2020 Those fears are not proportionate to the reality of a healthcare facility environment like St. Luke’s, Sandhir said. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Breast cancer group’s plea: Don’t avoid testing now," 10 July 2020 Trump decided that the U.S. response was not proportionate. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "John Bolton’s Accidentally Unflattering Self-Portrait," 25 June 2020 Typically, every country is granted a specific number of visas for people to attend hajj that is proportionate to its population of Muslims. Fox News, "Saudi Arabia says hajj to go ahead with 'very limited numbers' amid coronavirus pandemic," 23 June 2020 Any measures that governments take—such as protection at polling stations, or changes in how voters are registered, ballots are cast or votes are counted—should be reasonable and proportionate to the health risk. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Alan Doss and Mo Ibrahim on preventing covid from killing democracy in Africa," 17 June 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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20 Sep 2020

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“Proportionate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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