Definition of portion in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpôrSH(ə)n/ /ˈpɔrʃ(ə)n/


  • 1A part of a whole.

    ‘a portion of the jetty still stands’
    ‘he could repeat large portions of Shakespeare’
    part, piece, bit, section, chunk, segment, slice, fragment
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    1. 1.1A part of something divided between two or more people; a share.
      ‘she wanted the right to decide how her portion of the allowance should be spent’
      share, slice, quota, part, bit, percentage, amount, quantity, ration, piece, fraction, division, subdivision, allocation, allotment, measure, apportionment
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    2. 1.2An amount of food suitable for or served to one person.
      ‘a portion of ice cream’
      ‘burger joints offering huge portions’
      helping, serving, amount, quantity, piece
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    3. 1.3Law The part or share of an estate given or descending by law to an heir.
    4. 1.4archaic A dowry given to a bride at her marriage.
      ‘he'll marry her fast enough when he knows the sum of her portion’
  • 2archaic A person's destiny or lot.

    ‘what will be my portion?’
    destiny, lot, fate, fortune, luck, kismet
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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Divide (something) into parts; share out.

    ‘every month you send the agency a single payment that is portioned out to each of your creditors until your debts are paid off’
    • ‘Whatever the specifics of his will, they're irrelevant to us until my mother's estate is portioned out.’
    • ‘For me, that sounds like an exercise in very carefully portioning my focus - especially if Jake doesn't know many of the other people present very well.’
    • ‘Why not portion it out over a couple of releases?’
    • ‘The basement level is devoted exclusively to cleaning and portioning the fish.’
    • ‘The electronic device can also portion the bandwidth to several independent streams simultaneously.’
    • ‘The mail compartment measured six by eight feet was portioned off in a baggage/passenger combine coach that had eight seats.’
    • ‘Today, all the earth's territory and people are portioned among sovereign states in the Westphalian tradition.’
    • ‘Ask your butcher to cut you a thick piece of liver and portion it at home.’
    • ‘Women will sit for hours in the kitchen portioning the meat into small polythene bags ready for distribution among family, friends and neighbours.’
    • ‘My hard drive is portioned into C and D drives, with C used for my OS and miscellaneous software, and D for all of my personal files.’
    • ‘And the meetings, they were never portioned off so that from 10 to 11 we'd have a meeting, they were just kind of free-flowing as I mentioned, and they would go all over the place.’
    • ‘He portioned the poem out to a troupe of seven dancers, one word at a time, accompanied by a signature gesture which grew into movement phrases.’
    • ‘A display panel is portioned into eight-by-eight arrays of 64 pixels, each pixel including three primary color sub-pixels.’
    • ‘They had been tested and found to be of an acceptable standard; these lines had portioned the glazed floor into sectors, but all in the same rectangle.’
    • ‘How you portion these snacks really depends on your levels of hunger and fullness.’
    • ‘Unusual eating habits develop, such as avoiding food and meals, picking out a few foods and eating these in small quantities, or carefully weighing and portioning food.’
    • ‘Freedom cannot be portioned out by government officials in arbitrary doses in order to build what the statist mentalities call a Great Society.’
    • ‘Every month you send the agency a single payment that is portioned out to each of your creditors until your debts are paid off.’
    • ‘Referring to a food simply by it's glycemic index may seem too simple when you look at the big picture of how you portion foods and how they work together when eaten in a meal.’
    • ‘My first meal began with the botan shrimp, continued with a sizzling cassolette of sweetbreads, and concluded with a single, generously portioned short rib, braised to perfect tenderness in a red-wine-and-brandy sauce.’
    share out, allocate, apportion, distribute, hand out, deal out, dole out, give out, dish out, parcel out, divide out, allot, dispense, measure out, mete out
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    1. 1.1Serve (food) in an amount suitable for one person.
      • ‘they portioned the meat perfectly’
      • ‘eating meals that are portioned out properly will help you avoid binge eating’
      • ‘earthy, fresh, and generously portioned food’
      • ‘portioned, prepackaged meals that are ready to cook out of the box’
    2. 1.2Separate (a part of something) from the whole.
      ‘one end of the barn was portioned off for poultry’
  • 2archaic Give a dowry to (a bride)

    ‘my parents will portion me most handsomely’


Middle English from Old French porcion, from Latin portio(n-), from the phrase pro portione ‘in proportion’.



/ˈpôrSH(ə)n/ /ˈpɔrʃ(ə)n/