portion

noun
por·​tion | \ ˈpȯr-shən How to pronounce portion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce portioning (audio) \

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

Two years after Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms ever to the strike the area, most highly trafficked portions of Puerto Rico have recovered to the point where visitors can enjoy a tropical vacation straight out of a traveler’s guidebook. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Puerto Rico bounces back from storms, protests as prime tourist destination," 17 Sep. 2019 Ray had missed the early portion of fall camp due to issues with that same ankle/foot and had undergone surgery during the summer. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Alabama defensive lineman has potential long-term injury," 16 Sep. 2019 Kinard was hired during the summer to lead Houston Christian athletics, a key portion of student life as more than 60 percent of those attending play at least one sport. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Christian High School Athletics Director Kinard at home in new surroundings," 16 Sep. 2019 Then came a recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, followed by a qualified U.S. statement that Israel has the right to annex portions of the West Bank. Gilead Sher, Time, "Netanyahu's Defense Treaty with Trump Is a Bad Idea. Just as Well It's Only a Gimmick," 16 Sep. 2019 Along with portions of Ezzard Charles Drive and Clark, Mound and John streets. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "West End to city: Once FCC stadium built, where will residents park?," 16 Sep. 2019 That was not the case in some instances in previous years, when non-baseball events left portions of the grass damaged and/or yellowed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Torrens part of catcher battle; KAABOO not a worry; Renfroe close," 16 Sep. 2019 That research shows that sea level rise will convert considerable portions of the marshes from what’s known as high marsh to low marsh. Jan Ellen Spiegel, courant.com, "State website predicts impact of rising sea level along Connecticut shoreline due to climate change," 16 Sep. 2019 The other was in California’s capital, where legislators passed a bill that promises to rewrite portions of the state’s economy, and the way some of its marquee companies—Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Doordash—deal with their workers. Wired, "New Electrics, New Laws, and Other Car News This Week," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Creative side dishes, portioned family-style, are ordered separately. Eric Velasco, al, "Try seafood like you’ve never had before at Automatic," 7 Aug. 2019 Available now, the first two kits feature Yucatan Fish Tacos and Grilled Belize Chicken Sandwich, both portioned for four and priced at $24.99. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Stephanie Izard teams with Peapod to offer This Little Goat meal kits," 26 July 2019 These were excellent dishes to share – hearty and generously portioned. Anchorage Daily News, "Former ‘Top Chef’ contestant and James Beard-nominated chef takes over Muse restaurant. So: how’s the food?," 17 July 2019 Elmer’s regimen of pills, portioned out for the week by the nurse who dropped by every Tuesday to check his vitals. Steve Trumpeter, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: A Pamphlet for This," 20 July 2019 And consider pairing it with a 1-oz serving of dark chocolate, which is sold pre-portioned—so you're not temped to over do it. Marygrace Taylor, Woman's Day, "4 Heart-Healthy Diet Changes Every Woman Should Make," 1 May 2019 Every ingredient is measured, portioned, and packaged, and the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 2 Jan. 2019 Every ingredient is measured, portioned, and packaged, and the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 2 Jan. 2019 Bingo, bongo—a rice bowl for dinner, and easy to portion out for meals for the week. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "These Turkey Meatballs Are the Only Meal Prep I’ll Eat 3 Days in a Row," 11 June 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 How to pronounce portion (audio) \

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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