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proportion

noun
 
 
/prəˈpɔːʃən/
[C] the number or amount of part of something when compared to the whole: boost/increase the proportion of sth He pledged to boost the group's proportion of home sales from 5% to 10%.as a proportion of sth Last year, public spending as a proportion of GDP sank to its lowest since the mid-1960s. It will take a few years before one will be able to observe equal proportions of men and women in sales management. a high/large/significant proportion a low/small proportion
[S or U] the number, amount, or level of one thing when compared to another: the proportion of sth to sth The proportion of international sales to net sales will continue to affect the company's operating results. Existing shareholders are allowed to buy new shares in proportion to their holdings.
in direct proportion to sth used to say that two things are connected, so that an increase in one is directly related to an increase in the other: The level of crime in an area is almost always in direct proportion to the number of unemployed.
proportions [plural] the size, shape, or level of something: A fund that grows to massive proportions must adapt its investment strategy. The pensions underfunding problem is reaching crisis proportions.
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…
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