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Meaning of portion by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English porcioun, from Old French porcion, from Latin portio ( “a share, part, portion, relation, proportion” ), akin to pars ( “part” ); see part. Compare proportion .


    • IPA: /ˈpɔːʃən/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )ʃən


    portion ( plural: portions )

    1. An allocated amount .

    Usage notes

    Relatively formal, compared to the more informal part or more concrete and casual piece. For example, “part of the money” ( both informal ) but “portion of the proceeds” ( both formal ) .


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    portion ( third-person singular simple present portions present participle portioning, simple past and past participle portioned )

    1. ( transitive ) To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes .
    2. ( transitive ) To endow with a portion or inheritance .
      Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest. — Alexander Pope .

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    External links

    • portion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • portion in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of portion by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give out

    1. the allotment of some amount by dividing something

    2. something less than the whole of a human artifact

    3. an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal

    4. his portion was larger than hers
    5. money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage

    6. assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

    7. something determined in relation to something that includes it

    8. I read a portion of the manuscript
    9. your overall circumstances or condition in life ( including everything that happens to you )

    10. success that was her portion

    Definition of portion by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Portion n. [F., from L. portio, akin to pars, partis, a part. See Part, n.]
      1. That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.

      2. A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole.

      These are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him! Job xxvi. 14.

      Portions and parcels of the dreadful past. Tennyson.

      3. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.

      The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. Luke xii. 46.

      Man's portion is to die and rise again. Keble.

      4. The part of an estate given to a child or heir, or descending to him by law, and distributed to him in the settlement of the estate; an inheritance.

      Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. Luke xv. 12.

      5. A wife's fortune; a dowry. Shak.

      Syn. -- Division; share; parcel; quantity; allotment; dividend. -- Portion, Part. Part is generic, having a simple reference to some whole. Portion has the additional idea of such a division as bears reference to an individual, or is allotted to some object; as, “a portion of one's time; a portion of Scripture”.

    2. Portion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Portioned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Portioning.]
      1. To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel; to distribute.

      And portion to his tribes the wide domain. Pope.

      2. To endow with a portion or inheritance.

      Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest. Pope.