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apportion

[uh-pawr-shuh n, uh-pohr-] /əˈpɔr ʃən, əˈpoʊr-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to distribute or allocate proportionally; divide and assign according to some rule of proportional distribution:
to apportion expenses among the three men.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Middle French apportionner, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + portionner to portion
Related forms
apportionable, adjective
apportioner, noun
nonapportionable, adjective
unapportioned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for apportioning

apportion

/əˈpɔːʃən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to divide, distribute, or assign appropriate shares of; allot proportionally: to apportion the blame
Derived Forms
apportionable, adjective
apportioner, noun
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Word Origin and History for apportioning

apportion

v.

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.

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