Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
a part of a whole; section: A portion of the building was under construction.; segment; ration; allotment
Not to be confused with:
potion – elixir, brew, concoction; a drink, esp. one having magical powers: a love potion
1. A section or quantity within a larger thing; a part of a whole.
2. A part separated from a whole.
3. A part that is allotted to a person or group, as:
a. A helping of food.
b. The part of an estate received by an heir.
c. A woman's dowry: marriage portion.
4. A person's lot or fate.
tr.v. por·tioned, por·tion·ing, por·tions
1. To divide into parts or shares for distribution; parcel.
2. To provide with a share, inheritance, or dowry.
1. a part of a whole; fraction
2. a part allotted or belonging to a person or group
3. (Cookery) an amount of food served to one person; helping
4. (Law) law
a. a share of property, esp one coming to a child from the estate of his parents
b. archaic the property given by a woman to her husband at marriage; dowry
5. a person's lot or destiny
6. to divide up; share out
7. to give a share to (a person); assign or allocate
8. (Law) law to give a dowry or portion to (a person); endow
[C13: via Old French from Latin portiō portion, allocation; related to pars part]
por•tion(ˈpɔr ʃən, ˈpoʊr-)
1. a part of a whole, either separated from or integrated with it; segment.
2. an amount of food served to one person; serving; helping.
3. the part of a whole allotted or belonging to a person or group; share.
4. the part of an estate that goes to an heir or a next of kin.
5. that which is allotted to a person by God or fate; lot.
6. a woman's dowry.v.t.
7. to divide into or distribute in portions or shares (often fol. by out).
8. to furnish with a portion, as with an inheritance or dowry.
[1250–1300; Middle English porcion < Old French < Latin portiō share, part, akin to pars part]
Past participle: portioned
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||portion - 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"|
substance - the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists; "DNA is the substance of our genes"
relation - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
language unit, linguistic unit - one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
item, point - a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; "he noticed an item in the New York Times"; "she had several items on her shopping list"; "the main point on the agenda was taken up first"
basis, base - the most important or necessary part of something; "the basis of this drink is orange juice"
detail, item, particular - a small part that can be considered separately from the whole; "it was perfect in all details"
unit - an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole; "the reduced the number of units and installations"; "the word is a basic linguistic unit"
member - anything that belongs to a set or class; "snakes are members of the class Reptilia"; "members of the opposite sex"
remainder, residual, residuum, rest, residue, balance - something left after other parts have been taken away; "there was no remainder"; "he threw away the rest"; "he took what he wanted and I got the balance"
subpart - a part of a part
|2.||portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"|
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
whole, unit - an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity; "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"
appendage - a part that is joined to something larger
bit - the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers
bottleneck - the narrow part of a bottle near the top
bulb - a rounded part of a cylindrical instrument (usually at one end); "the bulb of a syringe"
stub - the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
constituent, element, component - an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system"
cutout - a part that is cut out or is intended to be cut out
foible - the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip
fore edge, foredge - the part of a book that faces inward when the book is shelved; the part opposite the spine
forte - the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible
fraction - a small part or item forming a piece of a whole
heel - (golf) the part of the clubhead where it joins the shaft
hub - the central part of a car wheel (or fan or propeller etc) through which the shaft or axle passes
jetsam - the part of a ship's equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
limb - either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip; "the upper limb of the bow"
neck - a narrow part of an artifact that resembles a neck in position or form; "the banjo had a long neck"; "the bottle had a wide neck"
peen - the part of a hammerhead opposite the flat striking surface (may have various shapes)
piece - a separate part of a whole; "an important piece of the evidence"
pressing - a metal or plastic part that is made by a mechanical press
seat - a part of a machine that supports or guides another part
segment, section - one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object; "a section of a fishing rod"; "metal sections were used below ground"; "finished the final segment of the road"
backbone, spine - the part of a book's cover that encloses the inner side of the book's pages and that faces outward when the book is shelved; "the title and author were printed on the spine of the book"
toe - (golf) the part of a clubhead farthest from the shaft
upstage - the rear part of the stage
upstairs - the part of a building above the ground floor; "no one was allowed to see the upstairs"
wreckage - the remaining parts of something that has been wrecked; "they searched the wreckage for signs of survivors"
|3.||portion - the allotment of some amount by dividing something; "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians"|
|4.||portion - assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"|
net income, net profit, profit, profits, earnings, lucre, net - the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
tranche - a portion of something (especially money)
dispensation - a share that has been dispensed or distributed
dole - a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given
way - a portion of something divided into shares; "they split the loot three ways"
ration - a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)
allowance - an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period); "travel allowance"; "my weekly allowance of two eggs"; "a child's allowance should not be too generous"
split - a promised or claimed share of loot or money; "he demanded his split before they disbanded"
stake, interest - (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something; "they have interests all over the world"; "a stake in the company's future"
profit sharing - a system in which employees receive a share of the net profits of the business
cut - a share of the profits; "everyone got a cut of the earnings"
assets - anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
|5.||portion - 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"|
condition - a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing; "the human condition"
providence - a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
bad luck, ill luck, tough luck, misfortune - an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
failure - lack of success; "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
|6.||portion - money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage|
gift - something acquired without compensation
|7.||portion - 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"|
drumstick - the lower joint of the leg of a fowl
wing - the wing of a fowl; "he preferred the drumsticks to the wings"
medallion - a circular helping of food (especially a boneless cut of meat); "medallions of veal"
oyster - a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl
slice, piece - a serving that has been cut from a larger portion; "a piece of pie"; "a slice of bread"
round of drinks, round - a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic); "he ordered a second round"
drink - a single serving of a beverage; "I asked for a hot drink"; "likes a drink before dinner"
libation - a serving (of wine) poured out in honor of a deity
|Verb||1.||portion - give out; "We were assigned new uniforms"|
appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve, allow - give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"; "She sets aside time for meditation every day"
allocate, apportion - distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose; "I am allocating a loaf of bread to everyone on a daily basis"; "I'm allocating the rations for the camping trip"
deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, mete out, parcel out, shell out, lot, administer, allot, deal - administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks"
1. part, bit, piece, section, scrap, segment, fragment, fraction, chunk, wedge, hunk, morsel I have spent a large portion of my life here.
1. One of the parts into which something is divided:
3. That which is allotted:
1. a part. Read this portion of the book. deel, gedeelte جُزْ част porção část, partie der Teil del τμήμαparte osa بخش osa partieחלק भाग dio részlet bagian hluti, partur parte 部分 부분 dalis daļa bahagian deeldelczęść برخه porção parte часть úryvok del odlomak del, stycke ส่วนหนึ่ง bölüm 一部分 частина, частка جز phần 一部分
2. a share. Her portion of the money amounted to $200. deel حِصَّه дял parte podíl der Anteil del μερίδιοparte osa سهم osuus partחלק भाग, हिस्सा udio rész bagian hluti, partur parte 分け前 몫 dalis daļa bahagian deeldel, partczęść برخه parte parte доля podiel delež deo andel ส่วนแบ่ง pay 一份 частина, пай حصہ cổ phần 一份
3. an amount of food usually for one person. a portion of salad. porsie كَمِيَّه порция porção porce die Portion portion μερίδα φαγητού ración portsjon جیره annos portionמנה खुराक obrok adag porsi skammtur porzione 一人分 1인분 porcija, davinys porcija hidangan portieporsjonporcja ډوډى، جيره porção porţie порция porcia porcija porcija portion ปริมาณอาหาร porsiyon 一份(食物) порція ايک آدمي کا کھانا khẩu phần ăn 一份（食物）portion out
to divide into portions or shares. The money was portioned out among the three children. uitdeel يُقَسِّم поделям dividir rozdělit verteilen fordele μοιράζωdividir, repartir osadeks jagama قسمت کردن annostella répartir לְחָלֵק विभाजित करना, बांटना dodijeliti kioszt membagi úthluta, deila niður distribuire 分ける 분배하다 (pa)dalinti sadalīt daļās/porcijās membahagi-bahagikan verdelendele ut rozdzielać ويشل dividir a împărţi делить на части rozdeliť razdeliti podeliti portionera ut แบ่งออกเป็นส่วน bölüştürmek 分配，將...分成份 розподіляти майно حصوں ميں تقسيم کرنا chia phần 分配，将...分成份
portion→ جُزْء část portion Portion μερίδιο porción osuus portion dio porzione 部分 부분 portie del porcja porção порция portion ส่วนแบ่ง parça phần 一部分
v. porción, raciόn, parte.