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noun proportion pronunciation in American English /prəˈpɔrʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] maths 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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