›INSURANCE, LAWto decide who is responsible for an accident or event, especially when deciding how much of the costs each person, insurancecompany, etc. should pay: I'm not here to apportion blame, but only to try and resolve the problem.Liability was apportioned 80-20 in his favour.
›ACCOUNTING, TAXto dividecosts between different accounts or uses: apportion sth between sb/sthItems such as gas and electricity bills can be apportioned between home and work use.
Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014
by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them