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noun por·tion \ˈpȯr-shən\

Simple Definition of portion

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of portion

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  an individual's lot, fate, or fortune :  one's share of good and evil

  3. 3 :  an often limited part of a whole

Examples of portion in a sentence

  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

Synonym Discussion of portion

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required <they ran only part of the way>. portion implies an assigned or allotted part <cut the pie into six portions>. piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole <a puzzle with 500 pieces>. member suggests one of the functional units composing a body <a structural member>. division applies to a large or diversified part <the manufacturing division of the company>. section applies to a relatively small or uniform part <the entertainment section of the newspaper>. segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage <the retired segment of the population>. fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off <only a fragment of the play still exists>.

fate, destiny, lot, portion, doom mean a predetermined state or end. fate implies an inevitable and usually an adverse outcome <the fate of the submarine is unknown>. destiny implies something foreordained and often suggests a great or noble course or end <the country's destiny to be a model of liberty to the world>. lot and portion imply a distribution by fate or destiny, lot suggesting blind chance <it was her lot to die childless>, portion implying the apportioning of good and evil <remorse was his daily portion>. doom distinctly implies a grim or calamitous fate <if the rebellion fails, his doom is certain>.

Rhymes with portion



verb, por·tion

Simple Definition of portion

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of portion

portionedportioning play \-sh(ə-)niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to divide into portions :  distribute <portioned out the food equally>

  3. 2 :  to allot a dowry to :  dower

Examples of portion in a sentence

  1. The work was portioned to each member of the staff.

  2. <portioned out the medical supplies equally>

14th Century

First Known Use of portion

14th century

PORTION Defined for Kids



noun por·tion \ˈpōr-shən\

Definition of portion for Students

  1. 1 :  a part or share of a whole

  2. 2 :  serving <a large portion of pasta>



verb por·tion

Definition of portion for Students


  1. :  to divide into parts :  distribute <Kimki portioned work for each one in the tribe … — Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins>

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