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[n] the result of parcelling out or sharing; "death gets more than its share of attention from theologicans"
[n] something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
[n] an individual portion of food or drink; "the helpings were all small"; "his portion was larger than hers"; "there's enough for two servings each"
[n] assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[v] give out; "We were assigned new uniforms"

Misc. Definitions

\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! --Job xxvi. 1
4. 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. 4
6. 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. 1
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.
\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. --Pope.
2. To endow with a portion or inheritance. Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest. --Pope.

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