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Definition of 'portion'


  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"
       Synonyms: part component part component
  2. something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
       Synonyms: part
  3. the allotment of some amount by dividing something; "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians"
       Synonyms: parcel share
  4. assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"
       Synonyms: share 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"
       Synonyms: fortune destiny fate luck lot circumstances
  6. money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
       Synonyms: dowry dowery dower
  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"
       Synonyms: helping serving


  1. give out or allot; "We were assigned new uniforms"
       Synonyms: assign allot

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