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[adj. pruh-pawr-shuh-nit, -pohr-; v. pruh-pawr-shuh-neyt, -pohr-] /adj. prəˈpɔr ʃə nɪt, -ˈpoʊr-; v. prəˈpɔr ʃəˌneɪt, -ˈpoʊr-/
verb (used with object), proportionated, proportionating.
to make proportionate.
Origin of proportionate
1350-1400; Middle English proporcionate < Late Latin prōportiōnātus. See proportion, -ate1
Related forms
proportionately, adverb
proportionateness, noun
nonproportionate, adjective
nonproportionately, adverb
nonproportionateness, noun
unproportionate, adjective
unproportionately, adverb
Can be confused
proportional, proportionate.
1. according, accordant, consonant, harmonious, balanced. Unabridged
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  • Females are smaller in size and weight, but they also have horns, although they are proportionately smaller.
  • As more and more wind energy installations are built, researchers are finding proportionately more dead bats.
  • The larger bodywork required bigger wheels and tires to proportionately fit the new profile of the car.
  • In fact, since doubling the wages of the poor has a proportionately bigger impact on their lives, arguably much better off.
  • Books whose readers lose interest part way through generate proportionately less money than those that are read to the end.
  • The risk increases proportionately with dramatic weight changes as well as with frequent weight cycling.
  • Developments in industry have not translated proportionately to standards of living.
  • If the company pays a dividend, your dividends paid per share will also fall proportionately.
  • When the incident involves a higher hazard, the number of fire units responding increases proportionately.
British Dictionary definitions for proportionately


adjective (prəˈpɔːʃənɪt)
being in proper proportion
verb (prəˈpɔːʃəˌneɪt)
(transitive) to make proportionate
Derived Forms
proportionately, adverb
proportionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for proportionately



late 14c., "of proper proportion," from Medieval Latin proportionatus "proportioned," past participle of proportionare (see proportion (n.)). Related: Proportionately.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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