Verb apportion Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


apportion (third-person singular simple present apportions, present participle apportioning, simple past and past participle apportioned)

  1. (transitive) To divide and distribute portions of a whole.
  2. (transitive) Specifically, to do so in a fair and equitable manner; to allocate proportionally.

More definition: distribute or allocate proportionally; divide and assign according to some rule of proportional distribution, to apportion expenses among the three men.

1. (transitive) to divide, distribute, or assign appropriate shares of; allot proportionally, to apportion the blame Derived Formsapportionable, adjectiveapportioner, nounCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1570s, from Middle French apportionner, from Old French aporcioner "apportion, share out," from a- "to" (see ad-) + portioner "to divide into portions," from portion "share, portion" (see portion). Related, Apportioned; apportioning.


(Halle, 1899; London, 1902), apportion praise and blame more equally; J.

It is indeed by no means easy to distinguish and apportion the respective merits of the competitors.

Though we cannot apportion the rooms to their precise uses, the great hall was plainly the basilica, for meetings and business; the rooms behind it were perhaps law courts, and some of the rooms on the other three sides of the quadrangle may have been shops.

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