- An allocated amount.
- That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.
- One's fate; lot.
- The part of an estate given or falling to a child or heir; an inheritance.
- A wife's fortune; a dowry.
Relatively formal, compared to the more informal part or more concrete and casual piece. For example, “part of the money" (both informal) but “portion of the proceeds" (both formal).
(third-person singular simple present portions, present participle portioning, simple past and past participle portioned)
- To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.
- To endow with a portion or inheritance.
- Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest. "” Alexander Pope.
- Particularly used as portion out.
- Relatively formal, compared to the more informal divide, divide up, or the casual divvy, divvy up.
From Middle English porcioun, from Old French porcion, from Latin portio (“a share, part, portion, relation, proportion"), akin to pars (“part"); see part. Compare proportion.