Definitions for: Portion


[n] the result of parcelling out or sharing; "death gets more than its share of attention from theologicans"
[n] something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
[n] an individual portion of food or drink; "the helpings were all small"; "his portion was larger than hers"; "there's enough for two servings each"
[n] assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[v] give out; "We were assigned new uniforms"



Webster (1913) Definition: Por"tion, n. [F., from L. portio, akin to pars,
partis, a part. See Part, n.]
1. That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a
whole; a separated part of anything.

2. A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off
or separated from the whole.

These are parts of his ways; but how little a
portion is heard of him! --Job xxvi.
14.

Portions and parcels of the dreadful past.
--Tennyson.

3. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.

The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his
portion with the unbelievers. --Luke xii.
46.

Man's portion is to die and rise again. --Keble.

4. 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.

Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.
--Luke xv. 12.

5. A wife's fortune; a dowry. --Shak.

Syn: Division; share; parcel; quantity; allotment; dividend.


Usage: Portion, Part. Part is generic, having a simple
reference to some whole. Portion has the additional
idea of such a division as bears reference to an
individual, or is allotted to some object; as, a
portion of one's time; a portion of Scripture.


Por"tion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Portioned; p. pr. &
vb. n. Portioning.]
1. To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel;
to distribute.

And portion to his tribes the wide domain. --Pope.

2. To endow with a portion or inheritance.

Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest.
--Pope.

Synonyms: allot, assign, circumstances, component, component part, destiny, fate, fortune, helping, lot, luck, parcel, part, part, part, percentage, serving, share, share

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