[uh-pawr-shuhn, uh-pohr-]
verb (used with object)
to distribute or allocate proportionally; divide and assign according to some rule of proportional distribution: to apportion expenses among the three men.

1565–75; < Middle French apportionner, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + portionner to portion

apportionable, adjective
apportioner, noun
nonapportionable, adjective
unapportioned, adjective Unabridged
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apportion (əˈpɔːʃən)
(tr) to divide, distribute, or assign appropriate shares of; allot proportionally: to apportion the blame

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Word Origin & History

1570s, from M.Fr. apportionner, from O.Fr. aporcioner, from a- "to" + portioner "to divide into portions," from portion "share, portion" (see portion). Apportionment is attested from 1620s.
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Example sentences
We are not concerned about apportioning blame for the copper poisoning.
Apportioning responsibility today for misconduct half a century ago is not easy.
One of the three factors used in apportioning the business income of multistate or multinational corporations.
To help accomplish these objectives, reserves may be established by the apportioning officer.
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