portion

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From Middle English porcioun, from Old French porcion, from Latin portio (a share, part, portion, relation, proportion), akin to pars (part); see part. Compare proportion.

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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.

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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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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[edit]

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Borrowed from Latin portionem (nominative of portio).

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portion f (plural portions)

  1. portion

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portion c

  1. serving, an helping of food

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