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Webster 1913 Edition


Portion

Por′tion

,
Noun.
[F., from L.
portio
, akin to
pars
,
partis
, a part. See
Part
,
Noun.
]
1.
That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.
2.
A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole.
These are parts of his ways; but how little a
portion
is heard of him!
Job xxvi. 14.
Portions
and parcels of the dreadful past.
Tennyson.
3.
A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.
The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his
portion
with the unbelievers.
Luke xii. 46.
Man’s
portion
is to die and rise again.
Keble.
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.
Give me the
portion
of goods that falleth to me.
Luke xv. 12.
5.
A wife's fortune; a dowry.
Shak.
Syn. – Division; share; parcel; quantity; allotment; dividend.
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
.

Por′tion

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Portioned
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Portioning
.]
1.
To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel; to distribute.
And
portion
to his tribes the wide domain.
Pope.
2.
To endow with a portion or inheritance.
Him
portioned
maids, apprenticed orphans, blest.
Pope.

Webster 1828 Edition


Portion

PORTION

,
Noun.
[L. portio, from partio, to divide, from pars, part. See Part.]
1.
In general, a part of any thing separated from it. Hence,
2.
A part, though not actually divided, but considered by itself.
These are parts of his ways, but how little a portion is heard of him. Job.26.
3.
A part assigned; an allotment; a dividend.
How small
A portion to your share would fall.
The priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh. Gen.47.
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.
5.
A wife's fortune.

PORTION

,
Verb.
T.
To divide; to parcel; to allot a share or shares.
And portion to his tribes the wide domain.
1.
To endow.
Him portion'd maids, apprentic'd orphans blest.

Definition 2022


Portion

Portion

See also: portion

German

Noun

Portion f (genitive Portion, plural Portionen)

  1. portion

portion

portion

See also: Portion

English

Noun

portion (plural portions)

  1. An allocated amount.
  2. That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.
  3. One's fate; lot.
    • Bible, Luke xii. 46
      The lord of that servant [] will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
    • Keble
      Man's portion is to die and rise again.
  4. The part of an estate given or falling to a child or heir; an inheritance.
    • Bible, Luke xv. 12
      Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.
  5. A wife's fortune; a dowry.

Usage notes

Relatively formal, compared to the more informal part or more concrete and casual piece. For example, “part of the money” (both informal) but “portion of the proceeds” (both formal).

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Verb

portion (third-person singular simple present portions, present participle portioning, simple past and past participle portioned)

  1. (transitive) To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.
  2. (transitive) To endow with a portion or inheritance.
    Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest. Alexander Pope.

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French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin portionem (accusative singular of portio).

Pronunciation

Noun

portion f (plural portions)

  1. portion

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Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

portion c

  1. serving, an helping of food

Declension

Inflection of portion 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative portion portionen portioner portionerna
Genitive portions portionens portioners portionernas

Related terms

  • portionera