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proportio, from portio;
C usually singular also + plural verb
part of something
a part of a number or amount, considered in relation to the whole
The proportion of women graduates has increased in recent years.
Every parent is asked to contribute a proportion of the total cost.
high/large/small etc proportion
The decision affects a significant proportion of the population.
Although the majority of offenders are men, a small proportion - about 5 percent - are women.
uncountable and countable
the relationship between two things in size, amount, importance etc
the proportion of something to something
What's the proportion of boys to girls in your class?
in proportion to something
The rewards you get in this job are
in direct proportion to
the effort you put in.
the correct or most suitable relationship between the size, shape, or position of the different parts of something
Builders must learn about scale and proportion.
Reduce the drawing so that all the elements stay in proportion.
in proportion to something
Her feet are small in proportion to her height.
out of proportion with something
The porch is out of proportion with
too big or too small when compared with
the rest of the house.
the size or importance of something
Try to reduce your tasks to more
of immense/huge/massive etc proportions
an ecological tragedy of enormous proportions
of epic/heroic/mythic proportions
For most of us, Scott was a hero of mythic proportions.
The flu outbreak has
the relative sizes of the different parts of a building, object etc
of grand/gigantic/generous etc proportions
a building of classic proportions
the elegant proportions of the living room
out of (all) proportion
too big, great, or strong in relation to something
out of (all) proportion to/with
The fear of violent crime has now risen out of all proportion to the actual risk.
get/blow something out of proportion
treat something as more serious than it really is
Aren't you getting things rather out of proportion?
The whole issue has been blown out of all proportion.
keep something in proportion
to react to a situation sensibly, and not think that it is worse or more serious than it really is
Let's keep things in proportion.
sense of proportion
the ability to judge what is most important in a situation
have/keep/lose a sense of proportion
You can protest by all means, but keep a sense of proportion.
equality in the mathematical relationship between two sets of numbers, as in the statement '8 is to 6 as 32 is to 24'
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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