1 part/share of a whole
appreciable (esp. BrE), considerable, good, great, high, huge, large, overwhelming, significant, sizeable, substantial

A significant proportion of the funding is likely to come from government.

fair, reasonable (esp. BrE)
low, small, tiny

The company employs men and women in roughly equal proportions.

equivalent, similar
different, differing, varying
growing, increasing, rising
declining, decreasing, diminishing
calculate, estimate
express sth as

The chart shows government spending expressed as a proportion of national income.

grow as, increase as, rise as
decline as, decrease as, diminish as, fall as

The unskilled section of the working class was diminishing as a proportion of the workforce.

grow, increase, rise
decline, decrease, fall
2 relationship between the size/amount of two things

The human population in the region is expanding in inverse proportion to the wildlife.

keep sth in

Try to keep your view of the situation in proportion (= not think it is more serious than it is).

in proportion (to)

The cost of insurance increases in proportion to the performance of the car.

out of proportion (to)

The costs of the plan are out of proportion to the budget available.

proportion of sth to sth

The proportion of sand to cement used was three to one.

be blown, exaggerated, etc. out of all proportion (esp. BrE), be blown, exaggerated, etc. out of proportion

This issue was about to be blown out of proportion.

The problem has been exaggerated out of all proportion.

a sense of proportion

Try to keep a sense of proportion (= of the relative importance of different things).

3 proportions size and shape of sth
biblical, enormous, epic, gargantuan, generous, gigantic, heroic, huge, immense, major, mammoth, massive, monumental, staggering

The computer brings the huge task of stock control down to more manageable proportions.

crisis, epidemic
classic, perfect

an entrance hall of perfect proportions


The food shortage had reached crisis proportions.

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