• 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.


  • To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.
  • To endow with a portion or inheritance.


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  • From Middle English porcioun, borrowed from Old French porcion, from Latin portio ("a share, part, portion, relation, proportion"), akin to pars; see part. Compare proportion.

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