portion

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[Por·tion]

If a friend asks you to invest in her new start up in exchange for a portion, or part, of the company’s profits, consider the agreement carefully. Remember, a portion of zero is still zero.

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

Noun
the result of parcelling out or sharing; "death gets more than its share of attention from theologicans"

Noun
something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"

Noun
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"

Noun
assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"

Noun
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"

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Noun
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"

Verb
give out or allot; "We were assigned new uniforms"


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

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

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

n.
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.

n.
A wife's fortune; a dowry.

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

v. t.
To endow with a portion or inheritance.


Portion

Por"tion , n. [F., from L. portio, akin to pars, partis, a part. See Part, n.] 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!
Portions and parcels of the dreadful past.
3. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.
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 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.
5. A wife's fortune; a dowry. Shak. Syn. -- Division; share; parcel; quantity; allotment; dividend. -- 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.

Portion

Por"tion, v. t. [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.
2. To endow with a portion or inheritance.
Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest.

Portioner

Por"tion*er , n. 1. One who portions. 2. (Eccl.) See Portionist, 2.

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

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

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Usage Examples

In order to fix Social Security, we must restructure it so that we continue to provide for our Nation's seniors that are approaching retirement age, but allow for younger taxpayers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in private accounts.

I spend a good portion of my dinner-party conversation defending America because no matter what the political agenda, it's still a fantastic, amazing place.

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that some portion of the neglect of science in England, may be attributed to the system of education we pursue.

Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.

If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished.

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Other Usage Examples

If eating out, order your meal and ask the server to wrap up half of the portion to take home with your for the next day, keeping your portion size in check, and stretching your dollar into two meals.

After all, I long to be in America again, nay, if I can go home to return no more to Europe, it seems to me that I shall ever enjoy more peace of mind, and even Physical comfort than I can meet with in any portion of the world beside.

By the 2030s, the nonbiological portion of our intelligence will predominate.

Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.

I am conscious of my inability to grasp, in all its details and positive developments, any very large portion of human knowledge.

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.

Adolescence is when girls experience social pressure to put aside their authentic selves and to display only a small portion of their gifts.

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