Definition of apportion in English:



  • 1 Divide up and share out.

    ‘voting power will be apportioned according to contribution’
    • ‘The two states that apportion electoral votes by district still gave all their votes to one of the two major-party candidates last year.’
    • ‘The deal merely apportioned the cabinet posts among power contenders without dissolving the factional militias.’
    • ‘Should the road surface adhesion change when taking a corner, the efficient four-wheel drive system cuts in imperceptibly to apportion power according to grip and ensure that all remains under control.’
    • ‘In these cases, the companies' revenues were divided in half and apportioned between the two countries.’
    • ‘It is to be noted first that this regulation provides a discretionary power to apportion the benefit.’
    • ‘Even as a revised commission lineup is being readied for early November, the question of how power is apportioned among the Commission, the Parliament, and national governments is more muddied than ever.’
    • ‘Running your own shares portfolio is all about learning how to apportion your money in order to generate the best possible returns.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the belief that multiple regression analyses will accurately apportion the contributions of smoking, increasing age, and other colinear factors has been shown to be unjustified.’
    • ‘This 5% goes into the development company and is apportioned as dividend according to the shareholding.’
    • ‘The power to apportion responsibility under the Law Reform Act 1945 afforded a far more appropriate tool for doing justice than the blunt instrument of turpitude.’
    • ‘The electoral college apportions political power in the country in such a way that results in the individual states are important, which is why we saw state-by-state maps on our TV screens and in our newspapers and websites.’
    • ‘This is enhanced with an EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) system that apportions the majority braking effort to either end of the car.’
    • ‘The success was divided and I am asked to apportion the 14 hours that are shown on the Bill of Costs.’
    • ‘The contract does not specify how the financing will be shared but merely apportions the amount of work, which he fears may be disproportionately large for the Bulgarian enterprise if they get the less skilled procedures.’
    • ‘Census numbers are also used to draw political districts and apportion seats in Congress.’
    • ‘Although only labor and capital participate in the process, the income therefrom must be apportioned into three shares: as wages to labor, as interest to capital, and as rent to the landowner.’
    • ‘The outcome will not only determine how governmental power will be apportioned over the next four years, but will also decide the makeup of the special committee that is supposed to rewrite the flawed Constitution.’
    • ‘Through Lebanon's unwritten National Pact of 1943, political power was apportioned between Christians and Muslims.’
    • ‘That theory turned on the fact of a broad consensus that modern societies must allocate wealth and opportunity through economic markets and must apportion political power through the markets of multiparty elections.’
    • ‘The language is necessarily tortured in describing the 18,225 electronic scratch-ticket machines that would be apportioned according to a formula in the initiative.’
    share out, divide out, allocate, distribute, allot, assign, dispense
    give out, hand out, mete out, deal out, dole out
    ration, parcel out, measure out
    split, carve up, slice up
    divvy up, dish out
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    1. 1.1Assign.
      ‘they did not apportion blame or liability to any one individual’
      • ‘It is really all a case of getting our priorities right and this will never happen if we apportion the lion's share to the military.’
      • ‘They complain that the best walkie-talkies are apportioned to the staff who come more in contact with the officers than those always on the move.’
      • ‘Storage overheads were apportioned to materials, in proportion to their value, then the workshop overheads were applied to the work accounts according to an hourly rate.’
      • ‘Rightly or wrongly, medical conditions concerning self-image are more commonly associated with girls, and much of the blame is apportioned to glossy magazines showing images of super-thin supermodels.’
      • ‘However, if blame is to be apportioned to these groups and their glamorising of violence, surely much of it must lie at the door of the record companies who issue their rantings, the construction of which is enough to make a stoker blanch.’
      • ‘No blame could be apportioned to the referee who was simply enforcing the rules but if the sin-bin rule had been available to the man in charge on that day all parties involved would have felt that justice prevailed.’
      • ‘Gene trees in which the observed substitutions were apportioned to the various branches of the tree by phylogenetic algorithms provided the inferred substitutions on each green or nongreen branch.’
      • ‘If, however, the 60 deputies had been apportioned to the various constituencies on the basis of ordinary mathematical equality, the results would have been as follows.’
      • ‘Half of the seats are apportioned to winning parties and half to candidates elected from so-called single-mandate constituencies.’
      • ‘No fault divorce, as was promoted, means that fault is not apportioned to the various parties in many aspects of the court decision, which in many situations would be very unbalanced with an innocent spouse suffering greatly.’
      • ‘In fact, their model is designed so that the more you surf within their ‘system,’ the more credits you accumulate, which in turn can be apportioned to any number of sites a blogger may be maintaining.’
      • ‘The interim constitution had specified that at least 25 percent of seats be apportioned to women.’
      • ‘Even the finding that had been available to the town had been apportioned to arrive over a two year period.’
      • ‘But he apportioned a share of the blame to the bank itself.’
      • ‘The blame for some of this must be apportioned to the frequency of the bus service but no doubt had this road been in the vicinity of the racecourse it would have been repaired or even resurfaced by now.’
      • ‘Both defeats could have been apportioned to immaturity.’
      • ‘As the amount of drinking increased, more and more money would necessarily be apportioned to it and this would also necessarily leave less and less money available for other, more-positive and potentially life-enriching purposes.’
      • ‘‘Clean money’ reform is working in several states where a set amount of money is apportioned to candidates.’
      • ‘Most of that, we think, is apportioned to assaults, particularly linked to alcohol.’
      • ‘After all, if there was incompetance, then it deserves to be equally apportioned to all governments and intelligence agencies.’
      earmark, appropriate, designate, set aside, set apart, keep, reserve
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Late 16th century: from Old French apportionner or medieval Latin apportionare, from ad- to + portionare divide into portions.