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.
Origin of apportionOld French apportionner: see ad- and amp; portion
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.