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noun American English pronunciation: proportion /prəˈpɔrʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] math a quantity of something that is a part or share of the whole
    proportion of:

    Only a small proportion of graduates fail to find employment.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the relationship between two or more quantities or parts of a whole
      the proportion of something to something:

      The proportion of trucks to cars on the road has changed dramatically.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the correct, most useful, or most attractive relationship between things

    Genovese's work shows a wonderful sense of proportion and design.

    in proportion:

    Everything about the room is beautifully in proportion.

    in proportion to/with something:

    His head is large in proportion to his small frame.

    out of proportion (to/with something):

    The figures in the painting are completely out of proportion with their surroundings.

  3. 3


    [plural] the size or shape of something

    a chair of graceful proportions

    The tree can grow to massive proportions.

  4. 4


    [plural] the degree of importance of something

    a disaster of catastrophic proportions

    The story began to take on mythic proportions.


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