portion
I. noun Etymology: Middle English porcioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin portion-, portio; akin to Latin part-, pars part Date: 14th century 1. an individual's part or share of something: as a. a share received by gift or inheritance b. dowry c. enough food especially of one kind to serve one person at one meal 2. an individual's lot, fate, or fortune ; one's share of good and evil 3. an often limited part set off or abstracted from a whole Synonyms: see part, fate II. transitive verb (portioned; portioning) Date: 14th century 1. to divide into portions ; distribute <
portioned out the food equally
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2. to allot a dowry to ; dower

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  • Portion — Portion …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • portion — [ pɔrsjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1160; lat. portio 1 ♦ Part qui revient à qqn. ♢ Spécialt Quantité de nourriture, partie d un mets destinée à une personne. ⇒ ration. « Une tranche de pain et une “portion”, dans une gamelle » (Duhamel). Portion de gâteau. ⇒ 1 …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • portion — PORTION. s. f. Partie d un tout, d un heritage, d une maison, &c. Portion de maison à vendre, à loüer. les heritiers ont partagé le bien du deffunt par égale portion. ma portion a esté la moindre, a esté la meilleure portion. portion de cercle.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A part considered by itself, though not actually… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • portion — Portion, Pars, Portio. Quelque mesure et portion de terre, Modus agri. La portion, Demensum. Les portions, Iusta obsoniorum, vel pulmentorum. B. Bailler la portion entiere, Iusta praebere. B. Portion racourcie, Attenuatus victus. Selon la part et …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • portion — UK US /ˈpɔːʃən/ noun [C] ► a part or share of something larger: »A large portion of the company s profits is ploughed back into new projects. »These products account for a relatively small portion of sales. ► COMMERCE the amount of a particular… …   Financial and business terms

  • Portion — Sf std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. portio ( ōnis), wohl verwandt mit l. pars ( rtis) Teil .    Ebenso nndl. portie, ne. portion, nfrz. portion, nschw. portion, nnorw. porsjon; Proportion. ✎ DF 2 (1942), 602f.; Röhrich 2 (1992), 1192.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • portion — [pôr′shən] n. [OFr < L portio (gen. portionis), portion < * partio < pars, PART1] 1. a part or limited quantity of anything, esp. that allotted to a person; share 2. the part of an estate received by an heir 3. the part of a man s money… …   English World dictionary

  • 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. [1913 Webster] And portion to his tribes the wide domain. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To endow with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Portion — (franz. portion, lat. portio zugemessene Menge v. part Teil) bezeichnet einen abgemessenen Teil. Dabei wird oft auf einen bestimmter Anspruch oder ein bestimmtes Bedürfnis Bezug genommen. Er wird oft im Zusammenhang mit Speisen gebraucht… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • portion — [n1] share, cut, ration allocation, allotment, allowance, apportionment, bang, bit, chunk, division, divvy*, drag*, dram, excerpt, extract, fix, fraction, fragment, gob, helping, hit, hunk, lagniappe, lion’s share*, lot, lump, measure, meed,… …   New thesaurus

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