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NOUN (7)

1. something determined in relation to something that includes it;
- Example: "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"
- Example: "I read a portion of the manuscript"
- Example: "the smaller component is hard to reach"
- Example: "the animal constituent of plankton"
[syn: part, portion, component part, component, constituent]

2. something less than the whole of a human artifact;
- Example: "the rear part of the house"
- Example: "glue the two parts together"
[syn: part, portion]

3. the allotment of some amount by dividing something;
- Example: "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians"
[syn: parcel, portion, share]

4. assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group;
- Example: "he wanted his share in cash"
[syn: share, portion, part, percentage]

5. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you);
- Example: "whatever my fortune may be"
- Example: "deserved a better fate"
- Example: "has a happy lot"
- Example: "the luck of the Irish"
- Example: "a victim of circumstances"
- Example: "success that was her portion"
[syn: fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portion]

6. money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage;
[syn: dowry, dowery, dower, portion]

7. an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal;
- Example: "the helpings were all small"
- Example: "his portion was larger than hers"
- Example: "there's enough for two servings each"
[syn: helping, portion, serving]


VERB (1)

1. give out;
- Example: "We were assigned new uniforms"
[syn: assign, allot, portion]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Portion \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. [1913 Webster] 2. A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole. [1913 Webster] These are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him! --Job xxvi. 14. [1913 Webster] Portions and parcels of the dreadful past. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 3. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate. [1913 Webster] The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. --Luke xii. 46. [1913 Webster] Man's portion is to die and rise again. --Keble. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. --Luke xv. 12. [1913 Webster] 5. A wife's fortune; a dowry. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Portion \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. [1913 Webster] And portion to his tribes the wide domain. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To endow with a portion or inheritance. [1913 Webster] Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

portion n 1: 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"; "the animal constituent of plankton" [syn: part, portion, component part, component, constituent] 2: something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together" [syn: part, portion] 3: the allotment of some amount by dividing something; "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians" [syn: parcel, portion, share] 4: assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash" [syn: share, portion, part, percentage] 5: 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" [syn: fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portion] 6: money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage [syn: dowry, dowery, dower, portion] 7: an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal; "the helpings were all small"; "his portion was larger than hers"; "there's enough for two servings each" [syn: helping, portion, serving] v 1: give out; "We were assigned new uniforms" [syn: assign, allot, portion]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

234 Moby Thesaurus words for "portion": Friday, Friday the thirteenth, adjunct, administer, allocate, allocation, allot, allotment, allowance, amount, antepast, appanage, appointed lot, apportion, apportionment, assign, assignment, astral influences, astrology, bag, bang, batch, beverage, big end, bigger half, bit, bite, bolt, book of fate, booster, booster dose, booster shot, break up, budget, bumper, bunch, carve, carve up, chunk, circumstance, clutch, coil, commission, component, consign, constellation, contingent, count, course, cover, cross section, cup, cut, cut up, deal, deal out, deck, dessert, destination, destiny, detachment, detail, dies funestis, disburse, dish, dispense, disperse, dispose, distribute, district, divide, divide into shares, divide up, divide with, dividend, division, divvy, divvy up, dole, dole out, doom, dose, dot, dower, dowry, draft, dram, drench, drink, dropping, drug packet, end, endowment, entree, entremets, equal share, fatality, fate, fix, foredoom, fortune, foundation, fraction, fragment, future, give out, gob, group, gulp, guzzle, half, halver, heap, help, helping, hit, hunk, ides of March, inevitability, injection, installment, interest, investment, issue, item, jointure, kismet, lap, large amount, legal jointure, libation, lot, lump, mainlining, marriage portion, measure, measure out, meed, member, mess, mete, mete out, modicum, moiety, moira, morsel, narcotic shot, nip, number, overdose, pack, parcel, parcel out, part, particular, partition, pass around, pay out, peg, percentage, piece, place, planets, plate, platter, popping, portion out, potation, potion, proportion, prorate, pull, quadrant, quaff, quantity, quantum, quarter, quota, rake-off, random sample, ration, remainder, roll, run, sample, sampling, scrap, second helping, section, sector, segment, service, serving, settlement, share, share out, share with, shift, shot, sip, skin-popping, slice, slice the pie, slice up, sliver, slug, slurp, small amount, small share, snort, split, split up, spoon out, stake, stars, stock, strip, subdivide, subdivision, subgroup, subspecies, suck, sum, sup, swig, swill, thirds, tot, unlucky day, wedge, weird, wheel of fortune, will of Heaven, zone
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PORTION. That part of a parent's estate, or the estate of one standing in loco parentis, which is given to a child. 1 Vern. 204. Vide 8 Com. Dig. 539; 16 Vin. Ab. 4321; 1 Supp. to Ves. Jr. 34, 58, 303, 308; 2 Id. 46, 370, 404.