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English noun: portion

1. portion something determined in relation to something that includes it


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymscomponent, component part, constituent, part


Broader (hypernym)relation


Narrower (hyponym)balance, base, basis, butt, detail, item, item, language unit, linguistic unit, member, particular, point, remainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest, subpart, substance, unit


Part meronymmeronymy, part to whole relation

2. portion (artifact) something less than the whole of a human artifact


SamplesThe rear part of the house.
Glue the two parts together.


Synonymspart


Broader (hypernym)object, physical object


Narrower (hyponym)appendage, backbone, bit, bottleneck, bulb, butt, component, constituent, cutout, element, foible, fore edge, foredge, forte, fraction, heel, hub, jetsam, limb, neck, peen, piece, pressing, seat, section, segment, shank, spine, stub, toe, turnout, upstage, upstairs, waist, widening, wreckage


Part meronymunit, whole

3. portion (act) the allotment of some amount by dividing something


SamplesDeath gets more than its share of attention from theologians.


Synonymsparcel, share


Broader (hypernym)allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assignation, parceling, parcelling

4. portion (possession) assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group


SamplesHe wanted his share in cash.


Synonymspart, percentage, share


Broader (hypernym)assets


Narrower (hyponym)allocation, allotment, allowance, cut, dispensation, dole, interest, piece, profit sharing, ration, slice, split, stake, tranche, way


Part meronymearnings, lucre, net, net income, net profit, profit, profits

5. portion (state) your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)


SamplesWhatever 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.


Synonymscircumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck


Broader (hypernym)condition


Narrower (hyponym)bad luck, failure, good fortune, good luck, ill luck, luckiness, misfortune, providence, tough luck

6. portion (possession) money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage


Synonymsdower, dowery, dowry


Broader (hypernym)gift

7. portion (food) an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal


SamplesThe helpings were all small.
His portion was larger than hers.
There's enough for two servings each.


Synonymshelping, serving


Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity


Narrower (hyponym)breast, drink, drumstick, libation, medallion, oyster, parson's nose, piece, pope's nose, round, round of drinks, second joint, slice, thigh, white meat, wing


Part holonymmouthful, taste


Part meronymmeal, repast


English verb: portion

1. portion (possession) give out


SamplesWe were assigned new uniforms.


Synonymsallot, assign


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out


Narrower (hyponym)allocate, allow, apportion, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside









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