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[adjective pruh-pawr-shuh-nit, -pohr-; verb pruh-pawr-shuh-neyt, -pohr-] /adjective prəˈpɔr ʃə nɪt, -ˈpoʊr-; verb 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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  • His tall figure was proportionately broad, and he was heavily fleshed.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The attack was repelled, but the French losses were proportionately great.

  • It was his own invention, and he was proportionately proud of it.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • The mortality of unmarried mothers is proportionately great.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • He was proportionately disappointed by her unexpected displeasure.

  • And the troubles and anxieties of the Postmaster-Generals were proportionately great.

    Post Haste R.M. Ballantyne
  • There are proportionately more women that are too short, than too tall.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
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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