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Definitions of portion

  1. give out; " We were assigned new uniforms"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. an individual portion of food or drink; " the helpings were all small"; " his portion was larger than hers"; " there's enough for two servings each"
  5. the result of parcelling out or sharing; " death gets more than its share of attention from theologicans"
  6. something less than the whole of a human artifact; " the rear part of the house"; " glue the two parts together"
  7. assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; " he wanted his share in cash"
  8. 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"
  9. give out or allot; " We were assigned new uniforms"
  10. That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.
  11. A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole.
  12. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.
  13. 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.
  14. A wife's fortune; a dowry.
  15. To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel; to distribute.
  16. To endow with a portion or inheritance.
  17. A piece of anything; a share, or a part given.
  18. To divide into shares; to give shares of.
  19. To divide into portions: to allot a share: to furnish with a portion.
  20. To divide; allot; give a portion to.
  21. To divide into shares; distribute.
  22. To endow with a portion.
  23. A part; allotment; share of an estate coming to an heir.
  24. A wife's dowry.
  25. One's fortune or destiny.
  26. Portioned.
  27. Portionless.
  28. A part, division, or share; part of an estate given to a child or an heir; a wife's fortune.
  29. To divide; to parcel; to endow.
  30. A part; a share; lot; final state; fate; a wife's dower or fortune.
  31. To divide; to allot a share or shares.

Usage examples for portion

  1. This is not, as you see, a description of your journal: it is a description of only one portion of it. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  2. The light of that evening's sacrifice has reached already every portion of our State. – A Visit To The United States In 1841 by Joseph Sturge
  3. Look ye, Sir, she's so beautiful, you need no Portion, that alone's sufficient for Wit. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  4. I could not realize any portion of the past when she had not been near and dear to me. – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk
  5. He had improved his opportunities to learn political conditions and know what might best advance England's power in that remote portion of her possessions. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  6. She always waited for her master's orders before she knew what portion was to be used in the house and what was to be sold in the market. – Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac
  7. We'll have to try some other portion of the ship. – Pirates of the Gorm by Nat Schachner
  8. When they reached a neat little cottage in the portion of the village devoted to white workingmen's homes, Kate allowed herself to be assisted to the door, where she dismissed her daughter, telling her to return in half an hour. – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  9. The temperature of 102 degrees F. as above given is, in the writer's opinion, too low for this portion of the hatch. – The Dollar Hen by Milo M. Hastings
  10. Poor child, thought I, what sorrow art thou like to have for thy portion in this world! – Bunyan by James Anthony Froude
  11. He was probably more familiar with the Southern and Western portion of the United States forty years ago than any native- born American of that time. – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  12. At first only a small portion of it- a corner, so as to make sure about the smoke. – The Lone Ranche by Captain Mayne Reid
  13. Then you must shoulder your portion of the blame. – Witness For The Defence by A.E.W. Mason
  14. She knew that after their marriage he had made a will, which secured to her a large portion of his great wealth in case of their having no issue, and after the accident at Paris all hope in that respect was over. – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  15. " Naturally so, and yet- surely this must be merely a portion? – The Lost City by Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
  16. It is gone- the little maiden's portion and all." – Journeys Through Bookland Volume Four by Charles H. Sylvester
  17. When Clancy reached the portion of the article telling of the player joining the Bears, McCarthy sprang from his chair. – Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant by Hugh S. Fullerton
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