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English definition of “proportion”

proportion

noun [U] (IMPORTANCE)    /prəˈpɔː.ʃən/ US  /-ˈpɔːr-/
used in a number of phrases to mean importance and seriousness: You've got 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 to keep it in proportion (= judge correctly its seriousness).ImportanceUseful or advantageous
(Definition of proportion noun (IMPORTANCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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