reapportion

verb
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

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Examples of reapportion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Trump Case That Will Test the Supreme Court’s Newest Originalist," 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, "Court blocks Trump order to exclude undocumented immigrants from Census count," 10 Sep. 2020 With White House approval, the bureau also asked Congress for a four-month extension — to April 2021 — of the Dec. 31 statutory deadline for delivering to the president the population totals required to reapportion the House of Representatives. Michael Wines, Star Tribune, "GOP pushes for quick census completion as experts warn of potential inaccuracies," 28 July 2020 After the 1920 census—the first in which a majority of the population was urban—Congress failed its constitutional duty to reapportion itself, as rural states opposed the loss of power that would have entailed. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Enumerated Story of the Census," 13 Apr. 2020 They are used to reapportion all 435 House seats and thousands of state and local districts, as well as divvy up trillions of dollars in federal grants and aid. Michael Wines, Star Tribune, "GOP pushes for quick census completion as experts warn of potential inaccuracies," 28 July 2020 But under a Democratic National Committee rule, if a state has an election but statewide and superdelegates are not selected before a candidate withdraws, his or her statewide and superdelegates are reapportioned to candidates still in the race. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, "Sanders supporters rail at New York over cancellation of presidential primary," 27 Apr. 2020 Yet the country’s belated pangs of conscience have not induced any inclination to reapportion the spoils. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's Magazine, "The Old Normal," 27 Apr. 2020 Yet the country’s belated pangs of conscience have not induced any inclination to reapportion the spoils. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's Magazine, "The Old Normal," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of reapportion

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Reapportion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reapportion. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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reapportion

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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