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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: apportionner, from portionner 'to portion'

apportion

verb
     
ap‧por‧tion [transitive] formal
to decide how something should be shared between various people:
It's not easy to apportion blame (=say who deserves to be blamed) when a marriage breaks up.
apportion among/between
Court costs were equally apportioned between them.
apportionment noun [uncountable and countable]

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