What does portion mean?

Definitions for portion
ˈpɔr ʃən, ˈpoʊr-por·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. part, portion, component part, component, constituent(noun)

    something determined in relation to something that includes it

    "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of plankton"

  2. part, portion(noun)

    something less than the whole of a human artifact

    "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"

  3. parcel, portion, share(noun)

    the allotment of some amount by dividing something

    "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians"

  4. share, portion, part, percentage(noun)

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

    "he wanted his share in cash"

  5. fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portion(noun)

    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

    "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"

  6. dowry, dowery, dower, portion(noun)

    money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage

  7. helping, portion, serving(verb)

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

    "the helpings were all small"; "his portion was larger than hers"; "there's enough for two servings each"

  8. assign, allot, portion(verb)

    give out

    "We were assigned new uniforms"

Wiktionary

  1. portion(Noun)

    An allocated amount.

    Etymology: From porcioun, from porcion, from portio, akin to pars; see part. Compare proportion.

  2. portion(Verb)

    To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.

    Etymology: From porcioun, from porcion, from portio, akin to pars; see part. Compare proportion.

  3. portion(Verb)

    To endow with a portion or inheritance.

    Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest. uE000114951uE001 Alexander Pope.

    Etymology: From porcioun, from porcion, from portio, akin to pars; see part. Compare proportion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portion(noun)

    that which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything

  2. Portion(noun)

    a part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole

  3. Portion(noun)

    a part assigned; allotment; share; fate

  4. Portion(noun)

    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

  5. Portion(noun)

    a wife's fortune; a dowry

  6. Portion(verb)

    to separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel; to distribute

  7. Portion(verb)

    to endow with a portion or inheritance

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Portion

    pōr′shun, n. a part: an allotment: fate: destiny: dividend: the part of an estate descending to an heir: a wife's fortune.—v.t. to divide into portions: to allot a share: to furnish with a portion.—adj. Por′tioned, having a portion or endowment.—ns. Por′tioner, one who portions or assigns shares: (Scots law) the occupier of a small feu or portion of land: one of two or more incumbents on a benefice at one time; Por′tionist, one who has an academical allowance: the incumbent of a benefice which has more than one rector or vicar.—adj. Por′tionless, having no portion, dowry, or property.—Marriage portion, a gift given by a parent or guardian to a bride on her marriage. [O. Fr.,—L. portio, portionis, akin to pars, a part.]

Editors Contribution

  1. portion

    An allocated amount or quantity.

    Their mother always gave the same portion of food to each of them as she was such a fair person.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'portion' in Nouns Frequency: #2262

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portion in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of portion in a Sentence

  1. Cynthia Sass:

    There are numerous delicious combinations, including bruschetta, roasted red pepper pesto, or simply sautéing tomatoes in olive oil with garlic and herbs to toss with lean protein and a small portion of whole grain pasta.

  2. Pete Skold:

    A significant portion of our crops... are earmarked for restaurant sales.

  3. George Washington:

    'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.

  4. Anatoly Vorobyov:

    Instead of investing in schools, in the grassroots, a huge portion of the state budget is spent on foreign players, on players' very large contracts.

  5. Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686):

    "There is nothing here abiding; the creature has a little honey in its mouth, but it has wings, it will soon fly away. But if you love God, He is ‘a portion for ever’ (Psalm 73:26).

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