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Difference between Apportion, Portion and Proportion

Apportion means to distribute or divide.

  • The attorney wants to apportion the shares of stock evenly.

Portion, as a noun, means a limited amount of something.

  • The family wants to leave a big portion of the estate to charity.

Portion, as a verb, is a synonym for apportion (distribute or divide).

  • The family wants to portion part of the large estate to charity.

Proportion means a ratio of one thing to another.

  • The proportion of golfers to tennis players increases every year.