proportion definition, meaning - what is proportion in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “proportion”

See all translations

proportion

noun uk   /prəˈpɔː.ʃən/  us   /-ˈpɔːr-/

proportion noun (AMOUNT)

C1 [C, + sing/pl verb] the number or amount of a group or part of something when compared to the whole: Children make up a large proportion of the world's population. A higher proportion of women now smoke than used to be the case. The report shows that poor families spend a larger proportion of their income on food.C2 [S or U] the number, amount, or level of one thing when compared to another: The proportion of women to men at my college was about five to one. The chart shows how weight increases in proportion to height (= the increase in weight depends on the increase in height). The level of crime in an area is almost always in direct proportion to the number of unemployed.
More examples

proportion noun (SIZE)

C2 [C or U] the correct or most attractive relationship between the size of different parts of the same thing or between one thing and another: Your legs are very much in proportion to (= the right size for) the rest of your body. His feet seem very small in proportion to his body. My head was much nearer the camera than the rest of me so I'm all out of proportion.proportions [plural] the size, shape, or level of something: a building of elegant proportions I'm not very good at drawing people - I can never get the proportions right.humorous She's a woman of generous proportions (= she is fat). A small worry in the back of your mind can for no apparent reason assume/take on massive proportions in the middle of the night.

proportion noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] used in a number of phrases to mean importance and seriousness: You have to keep a sense of proportion (= the ability to understand what is important and what is not). I think a certain amount of worry about work is very natural, but you've got got to keep it in proportion (= judge correctly its seriousness).
Translations of “proportion”
in Arabic نِسْبة…
in Korean 비율, 균형…
in Malaysian bahagian, jumlah…
in French proportion, pourcentage…
in Turkish oran, nispet, miktar…
in Italian parte, percentuale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 數量, 部分, 份額…
in Russian часть, доля…
in Polish proporcja…
in Vietnamese phần, tỉ lệ…
in Spanish proporción…
in Portuguese parte, porcentagem…
in Thai ส่วน, อัตราส่วน…
in German der Teil, das Verhältnis…
in Catalan proporció, percentatge…
in Japanese 割合, 比率…
in Indonesian bagian, perbandingan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 数量, 部分, 份额…
(Definition of proportion from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of proportion?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “proportion” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

kick off

the time when a game of football starts, or when it begins again after it has stopped because of a goal, etc.

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More