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[uh-pawr-shuh n, uh-pohr-] /əˈpɔr ʃən, əˈpoʊr-/
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
Related forms
apportionable, adjective
apportioner, noun
nonapportionable, adjective
unapportioned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for apportioned
  • Blame itself can be statistically apportioned in a quasi-scientific manner.
  • Yet tragic as the notion of a world apportioned in this fashion may be, it is not without mental coziness.
  • These plates are issued for interstate fleet vehicles to display apportioned stickers.
British Dictionary definitions for apportioned


(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 apportioned
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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