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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Portion \Por"tion\, noun [F., from L. portio, akin to pars, partis, a part. See {Part}, noun]

1. That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.

2. A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole.

These are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him! --Job xxvi. 14.

Portions and parcels of the dreadful past. --Tennyson.

3. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.

The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. --Luke xii. 46.

Man's portion is to die and rise again. --Keble.

4. 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.

Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. --Luke xv. 12.

5. A wife's fortune; a dowry. --Shak.

Syn: Division; share; parcel; quantity; allotment; dividend.

Usage: {Portion}, {Part}. Part is generic, having a simple reference to some whole. Portion has the additional idea of such a division as bears reference to an individual, or is allotted to some object; as, a portion of one's time; a portion of Scripture.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Portion \Por"tion\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Portioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Portioning}.]

1. To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel; to distribute.

And portion to his tribes the wide domain. --Pope.

2. To endow with a portion or inheritance.

Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest. --Pope.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

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"; "the animal constituent of plankton" [syn: {part}, {portion}, {component part}, {component}, {constituent}]

2: something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together" [syn: {part}, {portion}]

3: the allotment of some amount by dividing something; "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians" [syn: {parcel}, {portion}, {share}]

4: assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash" [syn: {share}, {portion}, {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}, {portion}]

6: money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage [syn: {dowry}, {dowery}, {dower}, {portion}]

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" [syn: {helping}, {portion}, {serving}]

verb

1: give out; "We were assigned new uniforms" [syn: {assign}, {allot}, {portion}]

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