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

Definition of proportionate

 (Entry 1 of 2)


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

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

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Just remember to keep the size of the splurge proportionate with the size of the windfall. Bruce Helmer And Peg Webb, Twin Cities, "Your Money: How to make the most of a financial windfall," 14 July 2019 In a punitive self-defense situation, the violence must still be proportionate. Daniel Menegaz,, "A$AP Rocky freed from Swedish custody ahead of assault trial ruling," 2 Aug. 2019 Other nations lavish proportionate amounts, which can only increase now that cyberwarfare and information games have become inextricably entangled with intelligence and counterterrorism. David Gilmour, The New York Review of Books, "Max Hastings," 4 Apr. 2019 The president’s crude tweets and Barack Obama’s overreaching use of his pen are cheered by their supporters as proportionate responses to alarming circumstances. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "Conservatives, Put Culture First," 1 July 2019 The court agreed with prosecutors that Assange could pose a flight risk, but said detention would not be proportionate. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Julian Assange scores legal victory as Swedish court denies detention request," 4 June 2019 Photo: Jim Young/Bloomberg News Mall leases typically allow landlords to charge tenants for their proportionate share of certain expenses, such as taxes and maintenance fees. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Gap Sues Westfield Over Mall Expenses as Tensions Rise in Retail World," 17 July 2018 No system is simple, fair, proportionate, incentivizes honest rather than strategic voting, and chooses the candidate voters want in every single election. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "This city just approved a new election system never tried before in America," 15 Nov. 2018 In 2017, Russia considered the U.S. attack to be a proportionate response and told Assad to absorb it without retaliating, the former official said. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "President Trump's options on Syria likely limited to cruise missile strike, experts say," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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to make or get by devious means

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