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portion

Noun

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" [syn: 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" [syn: part]
3 the result of parcelling out or sharing; "death gets more than its share of attention from theologicans" [syn: parcel, share]
4 assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash" [syn: 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" [syn: fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances]
6 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" [syn: helping, serving] v : give out or allot; "We were assigned new uniforms" [syn: assign, allot]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From porcion (French: portion).

Noun

  1. Someone's allocated amount.

Translations

allocated amount

French

Etymology

From portionem (nominative of portio).

Pronunciation

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. portion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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