- 1A part of a whole; an amount, section, or piece of something: a portion of the jetty still stands he could repeat large portions of ShakespeareMore example sentences
- The analysis of data is based on a portion of the whole survey.
- It's much nicer to be on a brightly lit television set with an entertainer for a judge in front of you, and the whole nation or a portion of the nation with nothing better to do watching.
- But when modern societies abolished the stigmas on illegitimacy, divorce, and all the rest, whole portions of the social structure just caved in.
- 1.1A part of something divided between two or more people; a share: she wanted the right to decide how her portion of the allowance should be spentMore example sentences
- The Parish is being divided up and portions are being allocated to Salthill, St. Joseph's and the Claddagh Parishes.
- The stake to be floated will be divided into four equal portions and will be put for sale in different sessions.
- The project is divided into different portions, individually tendered and contracted.
- 1.2An amount of food suitable for or served to one person: a portion of ice cream burger joints offering huge portionsMore example sentences
- But, to be honest, I've grown to enjoy only eating at proper meal-times and then to eat sensible size portions of more suitable foods.
- Do you like hearty Southern Italian food served in huge portions?
- Obviously, we load up on all the wrong things: favourite foods, huge portions, too many sweets, too many drinks, and too much sitting around.
- 1.3 Law The part or share of an estate given or descending by law to an heir.More example sentences
- Similarly the same calculation will be done for the elected portion of the Inherited Estate.
- Some couples pledged to bequeath a portion of their estates, however modest, to an adopted son or daughter.
- Philippa left you a residuary portion of her estate.
- 1.5 (also marriage portion) • archaic A dowry given to a bride at her marriage.More example sentences
- She appointed a local attorney, claimed her marriage portion in full and placed a charge on an Iranian property in which the Husband had an inherited share.
- With these premises undergirding the plot, Restoration rake-heroes can spend four acts committing every imaginable offense and still be rewarded with the virtuous heroine and her marriage portion before the curtain closes.
- Some years later Belott quarrelled with his father-in-law and brought the lawsuit alleging that Mountjoy had broken promises to pay a marriage portion of £60 and to leave his daughter £200 in his will.
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- 1Divide (something) into shares to be distributed among two or more people: the fish are portioned out to the different familiesMore example sentences
- Whatever the specifics of his will, they're irrelevant to us until my mother's estate is portioned out.
- For me, that sounds like an exercise in very carefully portioning my focus - especially if Jake doesn't know many of the other people present very well.
- Why not portion it out over a couple of releases?
- 1.1 (usually as adjective, with submodifier portioned) Serve (food) in an amount suitable for one person: generously portioned lunchesMore example sentences
- Soups seem to be particularly good, and on a previous occasion I had some superb, and generously portioned, wild mushroom broth.
- Those same homemade tortellini reappear in a thick cream sauce, modestly portioned but immodestly rich.
- Abalone dressed with chilli, sweetish vinegar and served with melon and jellyfish was relatively impressive if cautiously portioned.
Middle English: from Old French porcion, from Latin portio(n-), from the phrase pro portione 'in proportion'.