Apportion



to distribute or allocate proportionally; divide and assign according to some rule of proportional distribution:
to apportion expenses among the three men.
Contemporary Examples

It takes time—sometimes a very long time—to apportion power among different groups within a nascent political system.
Iraq’s Political Miracle Tunku Varadarajan March 2, 2010

Pundits love to apportion blame for partisan hostility equally to both sides.
The GOP’s One-Sided War on Dems Michael Tomasky September 8, 2011

Of course, we need to let the two armies investigate what exactly happened and apportion blame.
America’s Pakistan Mess Gets Worse With Alleged NATO Strike Bruce Riedel November 26, 2011

Historical Examples

A day was appointed for them to appear before the Teco to receive whatever he might apportion to each tribe.
South-African Folk-Tales James A. Honey

By its aid, I could apportion the life-time of any mortal at whom you might point your finger.
Masterpieces of Mystery Various

Weigh out the food articles used in problem No. 2, and apportion them among three meals.
Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value Harry Snyder

It is easier of digestion and easier to apportion in uniform rations.
Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled Hudson Stuck

Therefore it is the business of rulers to apportion the burdens precisely.
Zones of the Spirit August Strindberg

One may apportion what he only holds in trust; he shares what is his own.
English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald

It may also mean “to arrange in gradations” or “to adjust or apportion according to a given scale.”
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3 Various

verb
(transitive) to divide, distribute, or assign appropriate shares of; allot proportionally: to apportion the blame
v.

1570s, from Middle French apportionner, from Old French aporcioner “apportion, share out,” from a- “to” (see ad-) + portioner “to divide into portions,” from portion “share, portion” (see portion). Related: Apportioned; apportioning.

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