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 The Supreme Court ruled that states had to regularly reapportion legislative seats to maintain districts of equal size. Emily Badger, New York Times, "People Who Can’t Vote Still Count Politically in America. What if That Changes?," 22 June 2019 In March, Congress passed a resolution of disapproval to override Trump's use of his national emergency declaration to reapportion billions of dollars for his border wall, which Trump vetoed. NBC News, "Senate Republicans discuss vote to block Trump's tariffs on Mexico," 4 June 2019 Every 10 years, after the census is taken, the 435 seats in the House of Representatives are reapportioned based on each state's share of the national population. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump folds in latest round of perennial American battle: Citizenship and the census," 12 July 2019 The census tally, which includes everyone living in the United States regardless of immigration status, is used to reapportion political boundaries every 10 years to account for population changes. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Why Was a Citizenship Question Put on the Census? ‘Bad Faith,’ a Judge Suggests," 10 July 2018 There are 435 seats in the House of Representatives and after every census, they are reapportioned among the states, based on how their populations have changed during the preceding decade. Dan Walters, San Francisco Chronicle, "California fears loss of congressional seat," 8 May 2018 But the decennial data is used in reapportioning House seats and doling out federal grants, and while noncitizen residents can receive government benefits, only citizens can vote. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Citizenship and the Census," 1 Apr. 2018 The starkest example might be in California, where advocates think an undercount would likely cost them at least one House seat after congressional seats are reapportioned based on the new Census counts. NBC News, "Primary season is upon us. Here are 10 contests to watch.," 27 Mar. 2018 The tug of war over congressional maps has begun years before the 2020 census, which will collect the data used for reapportioning seats in Congress. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Eric Holder’s Group Targets All-G.O.P. States to Attack Gerrymandering," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of reapportion

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of reapportion was circa 1828

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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

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reapportionment noun

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