proportionate

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adjective

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

proportionate

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verb

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

transitive verb

: to make proportionate : proportion

Examples of proportionate in a Sentence

Adjective Each investor will receive a proportionate share of the profits. expect financial returns proportionate to your efforts
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Adjective
Ad runtime isn’t proportionate to a video’s length, which adds to the bizarreness. Dua Rashid / Gizmodo, Quartz, 28 May 2024 For the first time in the report’s 11-year history, actors of color reached proportionate representation in starring roles for streaming films, making up 45% of lead roles — a significant increase from 33.3% in 2022. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2024
Verb
France’s two-round voting system is complex and not proportionate to the nationwide support for a party. Sylvie Corbet, BostonGlobe.com, 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 See all Example Sentences for proportionate 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English proporcionate, borrowed from Medieval Latin prōportiōnātus, past participle of prōportiōnāre "to compose according to proportions, make proportional" — more at proportion entry 2

Verb

in part derivative of proportionate entry 1, in part borrowed from Medieval Latin prōportiōnātus, past participle of prōportiōnāre "to compose according to proportions, make proportional" — more at proportion entry 2

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1570, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Proportionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proportionate. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

proportionate

adjective
pro·​por·​tion·​ate
p(r)ə-ˈpōr-sh(ə-)nət,
-ˈpȯr-
proportionately adverb

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