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proportion

noun
 
 
/prəˈpɔːʃən/
[C] a part of a total number or amount: Children make up a large proportion of the world's population. The class consists of both men and women in roughly equal proportions.Numerical relationshipsGeneral words for size and amount
out of proportion If something is out of proportion, it is much bigger or smaller than it should be, when compared to other things: The punishment is completely out of proportion to the crime.Numerical relationshipsGeneral words for size and amount
in proportion If something is in proportion, it is the right size or shape when compared to other things.Numerical relationshipsGeneral words for size and amount
in proportion to If something changes in proportion to another thing, it changes to the same degree as that thing: Your tax payment increases in proportion to your salary.Numerical relationshipsGeneral words for size and amount
(Definition of proportion from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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