noun \ˈpr-shən\

: a part of a larger amount, area, etc.

: a part of something that is shared with other people

: the amount of food that is served to a person at one time

Full Definition of PORTION

:  an individual's part or share of something: as
a :  a share received by gift or inheritance
b :  dowry
c :  enough food especially of one kind to serve one person at one meal
:  an individual's lot, fate, or fortune :  one's share of good and evil
:  an often limited part of a whole

Examples of PORTION

  1. A portion of the donations will be given to the orphanage.
  2. Portions of land were used for farming.
  3. A considerable portion of the city was flooded.
  4. The restaurant gives large portions.
  5. She divided the pie into six equal portions.

Origin of PORTION

Middle English porcioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin portion-, portio; akin to Latin part-, pars part
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PORTION



: to divide (something) into parts and give those parts to people

por·tionedpor·tion·ing \-sh(ə-)niŋ\

Full Definition of PORTION

transitive verb
:  to divide into portions :  distribute <portioned out the food equally>
:  to allot a dowry to :  dower

Examples of PORTION

  1. The work was portioned to each member of the staff.
  2. <portioned out the medical supplies equally>

First Known Use of PORTION

14th century


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