Origin of apportionOld French apportionner: see ad- and portion
If a country only had a certain amount of wheat and decided to ration it in a fair manner, that would be an example of apportion the wheat.
transitive verbap·por·tioned, ap·por·tion·ing, ap·por·tions
Origin of apportionFrench apportioner from Old French a- to ( from Latin ad- ad- ) portionner to divide into portions ( from portion portion ; see portion . )
(third-person singular simple present apportions, present participle apportioning, simple past and past participle apportioned)
- To divide and distribute portions of a whole.
- The controlling party had apportioned the voting districts such that their party would be favored in the next election.
- Specifically, to do so in a fair and equitable manner; to allocate proportionally.
- The children were required to dump all of their Halloween candy on the table so that their parents could apportion it among them.
- It is indeed by no means easy to distinguish and apportion the respective merits of the competitors.
- The latter have the management of county buildings, such as courthouses ar,d prisons, have power to lay out new main highways, to grant licences, and to apportion among the towns and cities the taxation necessary to meet county expenses.
- (Halle, 1899; London, 1902), apportion praise and blame more equally; J.
- Such bodies, established to appraise land for railway purposes, to apportion receipts and expenditures of interstate traffic, and in a general way to supervise railway transportation, had been in existence in New England before 1860, one of the earliest being that of Rhode Island in 1839.
- Though we cannot apportion the rooms to their precise uses, the great hall was plainly the basilica, for meetings and business; the rooms behind it were perhaps law courts, and some of the rooms on the other three sides of the quadrangle may have been shops.