re·​ap·​por·​tion | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈpȯr-shən How to pronounce reapportion (audio) \
reapportioned; reapportioning; reapportions

Definition of reapportion

transitive verb

: to apportion (something, such as a house of representatives) anew

intransitive verb

: to make a new apportionment

Examples of reapportion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new maps had to reapportion the state’s population, which has continued shifting from rural communities to urban and suburban areas. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 The House later passed a plan to reapportion the 105 districts in the House of Representatives. Mike Cason |, al, 1 Nov. 2021 Sometimes complications arise if someone feels overloaded but cannot reapportion the load. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, 25 Oct. 2021 Then in July 2020, Mr. Trump ordered the data to be used to remove unauthorized immigrants from the coming census totals that would reapportion the House for the next decade. New York Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Alabama’s constitution, adopted in 1901, requires the Legislature to reapportion itself every 10 years to adjust to population changes. Mike Cason |, al, 31 July 2021 The decrease could significantly affect the state because the House will now reapportion its 435 congressional seats based on population shifts. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 23 Dec. 2020 In July, President Trump issued an order to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census results that are sent to Congress to reapportion House seats, even though the Constitution clearly requires their inclusion. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 20 Oct. 2020 Census data is used to reapportion House seats every 10 years, to guide redistricting and to distribute over $1.5 trillion in federal funding. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of reapportion

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Reapportion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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transitive verb
re·​ap·​por·​tion | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈpōr-shən How to pronounce reapportion (audio) \

Legal Definition of reapportion

: to apportion anew especially : to apportion (seats in a house of representatives) in accordance with new population distribution

intransitive verb

: to make a new apportionment

Other Words from reapportion

reapportionment noun

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