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1  —as in:
the proportion of oil to vinegar
Definition a ratio (the quantity of something in relation to something else)
  • To make popcorn on the stove, the proportion of oil to unpopped popcorn is about 1 tablespoon oil per 1/4 cup of popcorn.
proportion = ratio (the quantity of something in relation to something else)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The proportion of women to men at my college is about 6 to 4.
  • proportion = ratio (the quantity of something in relation to something else)
  • The recommended proportion of bleach to water is different for sanitizing a kitchen counter than it is for disinfecting a toilet.
  • proportion = ratio (the quantity of something in relation to something else)
  • I stammered nervously as I introduced him to Mother, who was blending bergamot and ylang-ylang, clicking her fingers to test the proportions.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • proportions = relative amounts (of things that go together)
  • Disorientated, Redd's imaginings fizzled and faded, less and less of a threat to Alyss, whose abilities seemed to be increasing in direct proportion to her confidence.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • proportion = relative amount
  • My loyalty to my father had increased in proportion to the miles between us.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
proportion = relative amount

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2  —as in:
the proportion who are female
Definition a portion or part of something — usually a count or quantity compared to the whole
  • The country's population density is low; though a large proportion of the population is packed into a few major cities.
proportion = portion or percentage
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The proportion of Wikipedia edits made by North Americans is higher for the English Wikipedia than it is for the Simple English Wikipedia.
  • proportion = portion or percentage
  • While only 10% of the general population is left-handed, the proportion of left-handed MLB players is closer to 39%.
  • proportion = portion or percentage
  • The proportion of men caught cheating was higher than that of women.
  • proportion = portion or percentage
  • My duties towards the beings of my own species had greater claims to my attention because they included a greater proportion of happiness or misery.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • proportion = portion or share
  • Maycomb's proportion of professional people ran high: one went there to have his teeth pulled, his wagon fixed, his heart listened to, his money deposited, his soul saved, his mules vetted.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • proportion = share or percentage
  • It is impossible to tell what proportion is memory and what exists here and now—so that a strange compound is formed of memory and reality; past and present; response to stimuli stored in my brain centers, and response to stimuli in this room.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • proportion = share or percentage
  • Reading out the figures in a shrill, rapid voice, he proved to them in detail that they had more oats, more hay, more turnips than they had had in Jones's day, that they worked shorter hours, that their drinking water was of better quality, that they lived longer, that a larger proportion of their young ones survived infancy, and that they had more straw in their stalls and suffered less from fleas.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
proportion = share or percentage

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3  —as in:
a problem of large proportion
Definition size or dimension
  • It is a problem of large proportion.
proportion = size or dimension
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I need clothes for a child of small proportions.
  • proportions = sizes or dimensions
  • It is a building of vast proportions.
  • proportions = size or dimension
  • It was a scandal of enormous proportions.
  • proportions = size or dimensions
  • My grandmother gave me furniture of large proportions, but my apartment is small.
  • proportions = dimensions
  • The gentleman who saw me was particularly suave in manner, but uncommunicative in equal proportion.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • proportion = amount
  • Also, in the space of just over half a year, the Hubermanns had lost a son and gained a replacement of epically dangerous proportions.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • proportions = size or dimension
  • The thing approached the proportions of a scandal — then died away.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • proportions = size or dimensions
  • He stood eight centimetres short of the standard Alpha height and was slender in proportion.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • proportion = size or dimensions
  • This squabble grew to the proportions of a battle in the woods between partisans of both sides, and it is said to have lasted for two days.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
proportions = dimensions (in this case, of the intensity of the disagreement)

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4  —as in:
respond in proportion
Definition appropriate in size, amount, or degree
  • She gets to ranting and loses all sense of proportion.
proportion = appropriateness
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The punishment was out of proportion relative to the crime.
  • out of proportion = not appropriate in size or degree
  • Basketball players tend to be tall and often have long arms that are out-of-proportion even for their long bodies.
  • out-of-proportion = not of a normal relative size
  • The punishment should be in proportion to the crime.
  • proportion = an amount that is appropriate relative (to something)
  • Your anger is all out of proportion to what's happened.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • out of proportion = appropriate range
  • Indeed, he had had little opportunity to be anything else, and he now seemed pleased out of all proportion at this slight notice from his master.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • proportion = appropriate amount
  • His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • proportion = appropriate size
  • For her kindred, should the tidings ever reach them, and for the companions of her unspotted life, there remained nothing but the contagion of her dishonour; which would not fail to be distributed in strict accordance and proportion with the intimacy and sacredness of their previous relationship.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • proportion = keeping with (where more of one results in more of the other)
  • Huge it was, and nobly proportioned.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • proportioned = dimensioned (relative sizes)
  • She was about thirty-five, slender and well proportioned.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
proportioned = in relative body dimensions

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