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ˈpɔr ʃən, ˈpoʊr-por·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. part, portion, component part, component, constituentnoun

    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, portionnoun

    something less than the whole of a human artifact

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

  3. parcel, portion, sharenoun

    the allotment of some amount by dividing something

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

  4. share, portion, part, percentagenoun

    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, portionnoun

    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, portionnoun

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

  7. helping, portion, servingverb

    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, portionverb

    give out

    "We were assigned new uniforms"


  1. portionnoun

    An allocated amount.

  2. portionverb

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

  3. portionverb

    To endow with a portion or inheritance.

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PORTIONnoun

    Etymology: portion, Fr. portio, Latin.

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

    Like favour find the Irish, with like fate
    Advanc’d to be a portion of our state. Edmund Waller.

    In battles won, fortune a part did claim,
    And soldiers have their portion in the fame. Edmund Waller.

    Those great portions or fragments fell into the abyss; some in one posture, and some in another. Burnet.

    Pirithous no small portion of the war
    Press’d on, and shook his lance. Dryden.

    Here their pris’n ordain’d and portion set. John Milton.

    Shou’d you no honey vow to taste,
    But what the master-bees have plac’d
    In compass of their cells, how small
    A portion to your share would fall? Edmund Waller.

    Of words they seldom know more than the grammatical construction, unless they are born with a poetical genius, which is a rare portion amongst them. Dryden.

    As soon as any good appears to make a part of their portion of happiness, they begin to desire it. John Locke.

    When he considers the manifold temptations of poverty and riches, and how fatally it will affect his happiness to be overcome by them, he will join with Agur in petitioning God for the safer portion of a moderate convenience. John Rogers.

    One or two faults are easily to be remedied with a very small portion of abilities. Jonathan Swift.

    Leave to thy children tumult, strife and war,
    Portions of toil, and legacies of care. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Portionverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The gods who portion out
    The lots of princes as of private men,
    Have put a bar between his hopes and empire. Nicholas Rowe.

    Argos the seat of sovereign rule I chose,
    Where my Ulysses and his race might reign,
    And portion to his tribes the wide domain. Alexander Pope.

    Him portion’d maids, apprentic’d orphans blest,
    The young who labour, and the old who rest. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portionnoun

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

  2. Portionnoun

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

  3. Portionnoun

    a part assigned; allotment; share; fate

  4. Portionnoun

    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. Portionnoun

    a wife's fortune; a dowry

  6. Portionverb

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

  7. Portionverb

    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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  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. Margaret Drye:

    If you look at the demographics of the [State] House, it is substantially aged and it is substantially male and a good portion of the folks are retired. It’s nice to have a representation of the rest of the state at the State House making laws for us.

  2. Chase Kimmel:

    We observed a shiny little blue bee grabbing the flower and rubbing its head on the top portion of the flower two or three times before moving on to another flower, in reading about this unique behavior we were pretty shocked to see it.

  3. State John Kerry:

    President Erdogan is completely committed and ready to proceed with Turkish forces, and in cooperation with others, to help guarantee that the remaining portion of the border is sealed.

  4. Dimitrios Fragiskatos:

    There’s some fans that are alienated, a portion of the older fans. Younger fans seem to be embracing it.

  5. Lisa Drayer:

    Portion control is very important, especially if you are trying to lose weight or maintain your weight over time, even healthy foods -- like whole grains, nuts, and healthy oils, can increase your calorie load if you don't pay attention to portion sizes.

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