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Definition of "apportion" [ap•por•tion]

  • To divide and assign according to a plan; allot: "The tendency persists to apportion blame as suits the circumstances” ( Natalie Angier). (verb-transitive)
  • To divide, distribute, or assign appropriate shares of; allot proportionally (verb)

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Use "apportion" in a sentence
  • "Once you have decided that you have permission to buy and once you get permission to apportion, that is to say, to divvy up the goods, then you can implement it, but it takes a long time, and it is complicated."
  • "Census data will be used to "apportion" Congressional seats to each state."
  • "A key question for donors and public-health leaders is how to apportion existing AIDS funding to implement new prevention tools while continuing to treat patients most in need of life-saving drugs."