• (verb-transitive): To divide and assign according to a plan; allot: "The tendency persists to apportion blame as suits the circumstances” ( Natalie Angier).

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  • (verb): give out as one's portion or share
  • (verb): distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose; "I am allocating a loaf of bread to everyone on a daily basis"; "I'm allocating the rations for the camping trip"

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  • Once you have decided that you have permission to buy and once you get permission to apportion, that is to say, to divvy up the goods, then you can implement it, but it takes a long time, and it is complicated.

  • Census data will be used to "apportion" Congressional seats to each state.

  • A key question for donors and public-health leaders is how to apportion existing AIDS funding to implement new prevention tools while continuing to treat patients most in need of life-saving drugs.

  • Conversely, when execution is faulty and failure occurs, crimes are exposed, and an effort to apportion blame and punishment is launched by the guilty and innocent alike.

  • Anyhow, it was their legacy to apportion as they saw fit, since it was they who had led the two crucial wars that formed the bookends, as it were, to this episode; and they never admired the D'Annunzio-style "grande geste" of a Moshe Dayan (also Begin's Foreign Minister at the time), Begin, or an Ariel Sharon.

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