Apportionment is deciding how to divide things up and distribute them. While the apportionment of the candy from a piñata can be chaotic, milk apportionment in a school cafeteria is much more orderly.

The apportionment of tax dollars may be contentious in your town if some people object to the amount of spending that goes to the yearly fireworks display. This controversy may result in the apportionment of blame on a few specific city council members. Apportionment is also used for the number of congressional representatives each state gets, based on population: "Maine might lose a seat in the House of Representatives during the next apportionment."

Definitions of apportionment
  1. noun
    the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan
    “the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state”
    synonyms: allocation, allotment, apportioning, assignation, parceling, parcelling
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    grant, subsidisation, subsidization
    the act of providing a subsidy
    reallocation, reallotment, reapportionment
    a new apportionment (especially a new apportionment of congressional seats in the United States on the basis of census results)
    the act of apportioning or distributing something
    the act of rationing
    parcel, portion, share
    the allotment of some amount by dividing something
    award, awarding
    a grant made by a law court
    block grant
    a grant of federal money to state and local governments to support social welfare programs
    a grant from a central government to a local government
    a redistribution of something
    new deal
    a reapportioning of something
    type of:
    the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
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