portion

noun
por·tion | \ ˈpȯr-shən \

Definition of portion 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an individual's part or share of something: such 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 : an individual's lot, fate, or fortune : one's share of good and evil

3 : an often limited part of a whole

portion

verb
portioned; portioning\ˈpȯr-sh(ə-)niŋ \

Definition of portion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to divide into portions : distribute portioned out the food equally

2 : to allot a dowry to : dower

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Noun

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

Examples of portion in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

The work was portioned to each member of the staff. portioned out the medical supplies equally
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Barbies for sale Collectors, artists and dealers, including Mattel, will be selling Barbie dolls Saturday at the Fashion Avenue Salesroom portion of the convention at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, 5350 E. Marriott Drive in Phoenix. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Valley of the dolls: Barbie collectors hit Phoenix resort scene for 2018 convention," 13 July 2018 All insurers offer hurricane deductibles on the windstorm portions of their policies of $500, or a percentage of the policy’s structure limit. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 The remaining portion of the technology proposal would fund replacements and upgrades for systems and infrastructure. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD officials propose $178 million technology package for not-yet-approved school bond election," 13 July 2018 Additionally, the singles portion of the tournament begins Saturday. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Matrka, Zinn take women's doubles title at The Met," 13 July 2018 As is the case with most of Tauck's small-ship cruise tours, the cruise portion of its Baltic trips takes place on a vessel operated by Ponant, an upscale French line. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive events, all-inclusive fares: Inside the Tauck formula for small-ship cruising," 13 July 2018 The beer fest portion is done at 7 p.m. Headliner band 5 Card Studs go on at 8 p.m. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee breweries will celebrate all things beer during Drink Brew City Week," 13 July 2018 Once the boys completed the underwater portion of their journey, which took around two hours, the going was easier — though still challenging. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 County zoning requirements cover the north portion of the county past Route 50 or north of the northeast shore of the South River. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Owner appeals decision to reject medical marijuana dispensary near Pasadena," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

However, the sea bass was generously portioned, hot and precisely cooked. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "With market, bakery and cafe, Oakland Chow bites off more than it can chew," 13 Apr. 2018 To portion out each cookie, scoop a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough into your hands. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies," 20 June 2018 The mini pies are just as ooey-gooey cheesy (with three kinds of cheese!) as the classic, but perfectly portioned as a brunch dish; just add crusty baguettes with butter and a simple, crisp salad to round out the meal. The Courier-Journal, "A shareable potluck classic goes fun with broccoli and cheese pies for one," 2 June 2018 Every ingredient is measured, portioned, and packaged, and the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. Laura Norkin, Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 22 May 2018 Rodriguez does food prep, weighing and portioning out vegetable sides. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Teen with autism gains life skills, independence through work program," 30 Apr. 2018 The menu bridges Wisconsin and NOLA in places — gentle Creole seasoning, for instance, on a walleye fillet ($24.95) and lamb loin ($27.95) that was generously portioned but a touch dry. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Orleans meets supper club at Edgewater in Pewaukee," 17 Apr. 2018 And the preparation is certainly a hard one to beat: Generously portioned, lump crab meat is flavored with fresh chives and cilantro along with a bit of Old Bay seasoning, the cakes dredged in panko bread crumbs and pan-fried. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Culinary SOS: Crab cakes from the Watercolour Grillhouse in Florida," 10 Apr. 2018 Meals come pre-portioned and individually packaged. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, "Clean Eatz cafe, meal-plan store to open in Cuyahoga Falls," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of portion

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for portion

Noun

Middle English porcioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin portion-, portio; akin to Latin part-, pars part

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portion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of portion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

portion

verb

English Language Learners Definition of portion (Entry 2 of 2)

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

portion

noun
por·tion | \ ˈpōr-shən \

Kids Definition of portion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a part or share of a whole

2 : serving a large portion of pasta

portion

verb
portioned; portioning

Kids Definition of portion (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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