[ pawr-shuhn, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr ʃən, ˈpoʊr- /
a part of any whole, either separated from or integrated with it: I read a portion of the manuscript.
an amount of food served for one person; serving; helping: He took a large portion of spinach.
the part of a whole allotted to or belonging to a person or group; share.
the part of an estate that goes to an heir or a next of kin.
Literary. something that is allotted to a person by God or fate.
(especially formerly) the money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband at marriage; dowry.
verb (used with object)
to divide into or distribute in portions or shares (often followed by out).
to furnish with a portion, as with an inheritance or a dowry: All of his children have been amply portioned.
to provide with a lot or fate: She was portioned with sorrow throughout her life.
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Origin of portion
1250–1300; Middle English porcion < Old French < Latin portiōn- (stem of portiō) share, part, akin to pars part
SYNONYMS FOR portion
ANTONYMS FOR portion
OTHER WORDS FROM portion
por·tion·a·ble, adjectivepor·tion·less, adjectivere·por·tion, verb (used with object)un·por·tion·a·ble, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH portionportion potion
Words nearby portion
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British Dictionary definitions for reportion
/ (ˈpɔːʃən) /
a part of a whole; fraction
a part allotted or belonging to a person or group
an amount of food served to one person; helping
- a share of property, esp one coming to a child from the estate of his parents
- the property given by a woman to her husband at marriage; dowry
a person's lot or destiny
to divide up; share out
to give a share to (a person); assign or allocate
law to give a dowry or portion to (a person); endow
Derived forms of portionportionless, adjective
Word Origin for portion
C13: via Old French from Latin portiō portion, allocation; related to pars part
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