Definition of portion in English:


Syllabification: por·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈpôrSHən


  • 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 Shakespeare
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    • 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 spent
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    • 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.
    share, slice, quota, quantum, part, percentage, amount, quantity, ration, fraction, division, allocation, measure
    informal cut
  • 1.2An amount of food suitable for or served to one person: a portion of ice cream burger joints offering huge portions
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    • 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.
    helping, serving, amount, quantity; plateful, bowlful; slice, piece, chunk, wedge, slab, hunk
  • 1.3 Law The part or share of an estate given or descending by law to an heir.
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    • 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.
  • 1.4 archaic A person’s future as allotted by fate; one’s destiny or lot: what will be my portion?
  • 1.5 (also marriage portion) archaic A dowry given to a bride at her marriage.
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    • 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 families
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    • 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?
    share out, allocate, allot, apportion; distribute, hand out, deal out, dole out, give out, dispense, mete out
    informal divvy up
  • 1.1 (usually as adjective, with submodifier portioned) Serve (food) in an amount suitable for one person: generously portioned lunches
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    • 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.
  • 1.2 archaic Give a dowry to (a bride at her marriage): my parents will portion me most handsomely


Middle English: from Old French porcion, from Latin portio(n-), from the phrase pro portione 'in proportion'.

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