Proportion Pro*por"tion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Proportioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Proportioning}.] [Cf. F. proportionner. Cf. {Proportionate}, v.] 1. To adjust in a suitable proportion, as one thing or one part to another; as, to proportion the size of a building to its height; to proportion our expenditures to our income. [1913 Webster]

In the loss of an object we do not proportion our grief to the real value . . . but to the value our fancies set upon it. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body. [1913 Webster]

Nature had proportioned her without any fault. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

3. To divide into equal or just shares; to apportion. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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