Portion - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpɔːrʃn|  American pronunciation of the word portion
Brit.  |ˈpɔːʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word portion


- something determined in relation to something that includes it (syn: component, constituent, part)
I read a portion of the manuscript
- something less than the whole of a human artifact (syn: part)
- the allotment of some amount by dividing something (syn: parcel, share)
- assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group (syn: part, percentage, share)
- your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you) (syn: circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck)
success that was her portion
- money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage (syn: dower, dowry)
- an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal (syn: helping, serving)
his portion was larger than hers


- give out (syn: allot, assign)

Extra examples

A portion of the donations will be given to the orphanage.

Portions of land were used for farming.

A considerable portion of the city was flooded.

The restaurant gives large portions.

She divided the pie into six equal portions.

The work was portioned to each member of the staff.

...portioned out the medical supplies equally...

The front portion of the rocket breaks off.

The rent on his portion of the apartment was $500 a month.

The main character's childhood takes up a good portion of the film.

Do you have any children's portions?

He served generous portions (=large portions) of soup from a black pot.

The other driver must bear a portion of the blame for the accident.

How much of the farmer's land was portioned to his eldest son?

I read a portion of the manuscript

Phrasal verbs

portion out  — give out as one's portion or share

Word forms

I/you/we/they: portion
he/she/it: portions
present participle: portioning
past tense: portioned
past participle: portioned
singular: portion
plural: portions
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