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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 The number of breakthrough cases was proportionate to the overall distribution of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, Ellison said., "It’s rare, but some fully vaccinated people are catching COVID-19," 17 Apr. 2021 Perhaps that was true when the cost of a college education was proportionate with salaries earned in the first five years out. Karen Weaver, Forbes, "What College Athletic Departments Should Do To Level The Playing Field For Black Athletes Who Don’t Go Pro," 16 Apr. 2021 The fun part of dressing the little guys was making sure the accessories were proportionate. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, "How The Muppet Show Turned Kermit, Piggy & Co. Into Style Icons," 4 Mar. 2021 But Beshear noted the COVID-19 death and case rate for Black Kentuckians has at least lowered back down to roughly proportionate levels based on population, after reaching disproportionate levels while infections surged last year. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "U of L Health and 50+ churches host largest one-day vaccination event in west Louisville," 28 Mar. 2021 The governments could decide on the penalties imposed, including financial sanctions, which must be effective and proportionate, the commission said. New York Times, "E.U. Pushes Companies to Close Gender Pay Gap," 4 Mar. 2021 But fan expectation is more proportionate to his 90-inch wingspan and $44.2 million contract, which expires after this season. Dallas News, "Flashback: Largely misunderstood, Shawn Bradley fitting in with Dallas Mavericks," 17 Mar. 2021 Those numbers are also proportionate to their adult populations. Jordan Rubio, San Antonio Express-News, "Outdated population data may be costing Texas millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses," 11 Mar. 2021 The Scandinavian nation received the same proportionate share of shots as others in the 27-nation bloc, but leads the vaccination tables along with tiny Malta. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, "Tactical shift: Europe seeks vaccine 'overdrive' to catch up," 3 Mar. 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,, "WandaVision finale recap: Even an android can cry," 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, "U.S.’s China Hawks Drive Hard-Line Policies After Trump Turns on Beijing," 16 Oct. 2020

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


1570, in the meaning defined above

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30 Apr 2021

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“Proportionate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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