proportionate [prə pôr′shə nit, prōpôr′shə nit; ] for v. [, prō pôr′shə nāt΄, prə pôr′shə nāt΄]
[ME proporcionate < LL proportionatus]
in proper proportion; proportional
proportionated, proportionating
to make proportionate; proportion
SYN.- PROPORTIONATE and PROPORTIONAL both imply a being in due proportion, the former usually being preferred with reference to two things that have a reciprocal relationship to each other [the output was proportionate to the energy expended ], and the latter, with reference to a number of similar or related things [proportional representation ]; COMMENSURABLE applies to things measurable by the same standard or to things properly proportioned; COMMENSURATE, in addition, implies equality in measure or size of things that are alike or somehow related to each other [a reward commensurate with their heroism ] -ANT. DISPROPORTIONATE

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