from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To divide and assign according to a plan; allot: "The tendency persists to apportion blame as suits the circumstances” ( Natalie Angier).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To divide and distribute portions of a whole.
- v. Specifically, to do so in a fair and equitable manner; to allocate proportionally.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To divide and assign in just proportion; to divide and distribute proportionally; to portion out; to allot
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To divide and assign in just proportion or according to some rule; distribute proportionally; allot: as, to apportion undivided rights; to apportion time among various employments.
- Synonyms Dispense, Distribute, etc. See dispense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give out as one's portion or share
- v. distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
French apportioner, from Old French : a-, to (from Latin ad-, ad-) + portionner, to divide into portions (from portion, portion; see portion).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French apportionner, from Old French aporcioner, from Late Latin apportionare, from Latin ad + portio. See portion. (Wiktionary)