Date: | 1300-1400 |

Language: | Old French |

Origin: | Latin proportio, from portio; PORTION^{1} |

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pro‧por‧tion1 S2 W2

1 [C usually singular also + plural verb British English]HMN## part of something

a part of a number or amount, considered in relation to the whole ** proportion of** ** high/large/small etc proportion**

The proportion of women graduates has increased in recent years.

Every parent is asked to contribute a proportion of the total cost.

The decision affects a significant proportion of the population.

Although the majority of offenders are men, a small proportion - about 5 percent - are women.

2## relationship

[uncountable and countable] the relationship between two things in size, amount, importance etc

3## correct scale

[uncountable] the correct or most suitable relationship between the size, shape, or position of the different parts of something : ** in proportion to something** ** out of proportion with something**

Builders must learn about scale and proportion.

Her feet are small in proportion to her height.

The porch is out of proportion with (=too big or too small when compared with) the rest of the house.

4## proportions

[plural]

a) the size or importance of something :

b) the relative sizes of the different parts of a building, object etc

the elegant proportions of the living room

5## out of (all) proportion

too big, great, or strong in relation to something ** out of (all) proportion to/with** ** get/blow something out of proportion** (=treat something as more serious than it really is)

The fear of violent crime has now risen out of all proportion to the actual risk.

Aren't you getting things rather out of proportion?

The whole issue has been blown out of all proportion.

6## keep something in proportion

to react to a situation sensibly, and not think that it is worse or more serious than it really is [↪ perspective]:

Let's keep things in proportion.

8## mathematics

[uncountable] technicalHMN equality in the mathematical relationship between two sets of numbers, as in the statement '8 is to 6 as 32 is to 24' [↪ ratio]

Definition of proportion from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within

the topic NUMBERS

the topic NUMBERS

add
addition
bi-
billion
calculate
constant
D
demi-
division
eight
eleven
equal(a)
equal(v)
even
factor(n)
factor(v)
fifth
fig.
figure
five
four
fourth
gross
hundred
L
M
million
multiple
-nd
negative
nine
No.
nos.
number
O
one
pi
plot
point
positive
product
-rd
root
round
score
second
set
six
square(n)
square(v)
-st
sum
take
ten
thousand
three
tri-
twenty
twice
unit
V
X
zero

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