portion Definition

  • 1a part or share of something larger, especially a part that is different from the others in some way
  • 2an amount of food for one person, especially when served in a restaurant

Using portion: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "portion" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I only ate a small portion of the pizza.

  • Example

    The company donated a portion of its profits to charity.

  • Example

    She inherited a large portion of her grandfather's estate.

  • Example

    The restaurant serves generous portions of food.

portion Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for portion

Phrases with portion

  • a portion of the proceeds

    a percentage of the money earned from a sale or event


    A portion of the proceeds from the concert will go to charity.

  • the practice of limiting the amount of food one eats in order to maintain a healthy diet


    She started practicing portion control to lose weight.

  • to divide something into parts or shares


    He portioned out the cake and gave everyone a slice.

Origins of portion

from Old French 'porcion', from Latin 'portio', meaning 'share'


Summary: portion in Brief

The term 'portion' [ˈpɔːʃn] refers to a part or share of something larger, often with a distinct quality. It can also denote an amount of food for one person, as in 'The restaurant serves generous portions of food.' Phrases like 'portion control' and 'portion out' extend the term's usage to diet and division contexts.

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