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[adjective pruh-pawr-shuh-nit, -pohr-; verb pruh-pawr-shuh-neyt, -pohr-]
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  1. proportioned; being in due proportion; proportional.
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verb (used with object), pro·por·tion·at·ed, pro·por·tion·at·ing.
  1. to make proportionate.
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Origin of proportionate

1350–1400; Middle English proporcionate < Late Latin prōportiōnātus. See proportion, -ate1
Related formspro·por·tion·ate·ly, adverbpro·por·tion·ate·ness, nounnon·pro·por·tion·ate, adjectivenon·pro·por·tion·ate·ly, adverbnon·pro·por·tion·ate·ness, nounun·pro·por·tion·ate, adjectiveun·pro·por·tion·ate·ly, adverb
Can be confusedproportional proportionate


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adjective (prəˈpɔːʃənɪt)
  1. being in proper proportion
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verb (prəˈpɔːʃəˌneɪt)
  1. (tr) to make proportionate
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Derived Formsproportionately, adverbproportionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for proportionate


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

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