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
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.
Conversely, when execution is faulty and failure occurs, crimes are exposed, and an effort to apportion blame and punishment is launched by the guilty and innocent alike.
Anyhow, it was their legacy to apportion as they saw fit, since it was they who had led the two crucial wars that formed the bookends, as it were, to this episode; and they never admired the D'Annunzio-style "grande geste" of a Moshe Dayan (also Begin's Foreign Minister at the time), Begin, or an Ariel Sharon.
By 1836, all states except South Carolina which had the Legislature apportion the vote used the unit rule.
I'm struck by the absence of irony in among those who exalt our independence at the same time they work to apportion its benefits.
Imagine a 50/50 electorate and then apportion the probability of each party winning each state.
A revamp of the Growth Management Act would help, as would a re-think and re-design of how we apportion transit hours (something I believe that our current County Exec/Deputy Exec are actually working on).
Pennsylvania has a whole slew of arcane laws they still have the state stores that Iowa got away from during the first Branstad administration, but my favorite is that they apportion liquor licenses based on population.