Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “proportional”


adjective     /prəˈpɔː.ʃən.əl/ US  /-ˈpɔːr-/ (also proportionate)
If two amounts are proportional, they change at the same rate so that the relationship between them does not change : Weight is proportional to size .Numerical relationships proportionally     /-i/ adverb (also proportionately) Unemployment is proportionally much higher in the north of the country .Numerical relationships
(Definition of proportional adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of proportional

More definitions for “proportional”

Definitions of “proportional” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


relating to behaviour between people that is pleasant and friendly, often despite a difficult situation

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More