[ 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), pro·por·tion·at·ed, pro·por·tion·at·ing.

to make proportionate.

Nearby words

  1. proportional font,
  2. proportional limit,
  3. proportional representation,
  4. proportional spacing,
  5. proportionality,
  6. proportioned,
  7. proportionment,
  8. proposal,
  9. propose,
  10. proposition

Origin of proportionate

1350–1400; Middle English proporcionate < Late Latin prōportiōnātus. See proportion, -ate1

Related forms
Can be confusedproportional proportionate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proportionate


adjective (prəˈpɔːʃənɪt)

being in proper proportion

verb (prəˈpɔːʃəˌneɪt)

(tr) to make proportionate
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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