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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 of apportion
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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  • By its aid, I could apportion the life-time of any mortal at whom you might point your finger.

  • It is easier of digestion and easier to apportion in uniform rations.

  • "So apportion your wants that your means may exceed them," says Bulwer.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • It is not for any of us to think of attempting to apportion the blame.

    Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid
  • By its aid I could apportion the lifetime of any mortal at whom you might point your finger.

    The Short-story William Patterson Atkinson
  • One may apportion what he only holds in trust; he shares what is his own.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • And why has the state no right to equalize or apportion worldly wealth?

    Protection and Communism Frederic Bastiat
British Dictionary definitions for apportion

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 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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