portion meaning

[ 'pɔ:ʃən ] Pronunciation:   "portion" in a sentence
Noun: portion  porshun
  1. Something determined in relation to something that includes it
    "I read a portion of the manuscript"
    - part, component part, component, constituent 
  2. Something less than the whole of a human artifact
    - part 
  3. The allotment of some amount by dividing something
    - parcel, share 
  4. Assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
    - share, part, percentage 
  5. Your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
    "success that was her portion"
    - fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances 
  6. Money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
    - dowry, dowery, dower 
  7. An individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal
    "his portion was larger than hers"
    - helping, serving
Verb: portion  porshun
  1. Give out
    - assign, allot

Derived forms: portions, portioning, portioned

Type of: administer, allocation, allot, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assets, assignation, condition, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole, dole out, gift, lot, mete, mete out, object, parcel out, parceling [US], parcelling, physical object, relation, shell out, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

Part of: earnings, lucre, meal, meronymy, net, net income, net profit, part to whole relation, profit, profits, repast, unit, whole

AmE / noun [C]


one part of sth larger:

He invested a substantial portion of his savings in the business.

The division accounts for only a small portion of total sales.

The capital invested in the company is divided into a certain number of equal portions.


an amount of food that is large enough for one person:

The restaurant serves generous portions.

They were specialists in individual portion control for the food-service industry.

n. Funds or other property given or left to a child by his parent or someone standing in loco parentis and intended to make permanent provision for him or to establish him in life (e.g.a sum provided to set the child up in business). Sums provided for the child's maintenance or education or to supplement his income do not qualify. A portion may be brought into hotchpot and may be presumed to adeem a legacy (see ADEMPTION) unless there is evidence that the testator intended the portion to be disregarded on his death


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  1. bulky portion is tucked under top of cast.
  2. give a portion of each day to recreation.
  3. the uniform portion of the bar is 60in. long.
  4. a "block" is a portion of a plantation.
  5. the ridge was split in the center portion.

Related Words

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  8. portioned meaning
  9. portioner meaning
  10. portionist meaning
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