• (America) IPA: /ˈpɔɹʃən/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈpɔːʃən/
  • (Scotland, Ireland, other varieties without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA: /ˈpoəɹʃən/, /ˈpoːɹʃən/, /ˈpoɹʃən/

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.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Luke 12:46 ↗:
      The lord of that servant […] will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
    • 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.
    • 1613, William Shakespeare, The Two Noble Kinsmen, V. iv. 31:
      Commend me to her, and to piece her portion / Tender her this.
Synonyms Translations Verb

portion (portions, present participle portioning; 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.
    • 1733, Alexander Pope, Epistle to Bathurst
      Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest.

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