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 for portion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off
        or separated from the whole.
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              These are parts of his ways; but how little a
              portion is heard of him!              --Job xxvi.
                                                    14.
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              Portions and parcels of the dreadful past.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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     3. A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.
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              The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his
              portion with the unbelievers.         --Luke xii.
                                                    46.
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              Man's portion is to die and rise again. --Keble.
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     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.
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              Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.
                                                    --Luke xv. 12.
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     5. A wife's fortune; a dowry. --Shak.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              And portion to his tribes the wide domain. --Pope.
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     2. To endow with a portion or inheritance.
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              Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest.
                                                    --Pope.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  portion
      n 1: 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"; "the animal
           constituent of plankton" [syn: part, portion,
           component part, component, constituent]
      2: something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear
         part of the house"; "glue the two parts together" [syn:
         part, portion]
      3: the allotment of some amount by dividing something; "death
         gets more than its share of attention from theologians" [syn:
         parcel, portion, share]
      4: assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual
         person or group; "he wanted his share in cash" [syn: share,
         portion, part, percentage]
      5: 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" [syn: fortune, destiny, fate, luck,
         lot, circumstances, portion]
      6: money or property brought by a woman to her husband at
         marriage [syn: dowry, dowery, dower, portion]
      7: an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a
         meal; "the helpings were all small"; "his portion was larger
         than hers"; "there's enough for two servings each" [syn:
         helping, portion, serving]
      v 1: give out; "We were assigned new uniforms" [syn: assign,
           allot, portion]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  234 Moby Thesaurus words for "portion":
     Friday, Friday the thirteenth, adjunct, administer, allocate,
     allocation, allot, allotment, allowance, amount, antepast,
     appanage, appointed lot, apportion, apportionment, assign,
     assignment, astral influences, astrology, bag, bang, batch,
     beverage, big end, bigger half, bit, bite, bolt, book of fate,
     booster, booster dose, booster shot, break up, budget, bumper,
     bunch, carve, carve up, chunk, circumstance, clutch, coil,
     commission, component, consign, constellation, contingent, count,
     course, cover, cross section, cup, cut, cut up, deal, deal out,
     deck, dessert, destination, destiny, detachment, detail,
     dies funestis, disburse, dish, dispense, disperse, dispose,
     distribute, district, divide, divide into shares, divide up,
     divide with, dividend, division, divvy, divvy up, dole, dole out,
     doom, dose, dot, dower, dowry, draft, dram, drench, drink,
     dropping, drug packet, end, endowment, entree, entremets,
     equal share, fatality, fate, fix, foredoom, fortune, foundation,
     fraction, fragment, future, give out, gob, group, gulp, guzzle,
     half, halver, heap, help, helping, hit, hunk, ides of March,
     inevitability, injection, installment, interest, investment, issue,
     item, jointure, kismet, lap, large amount, legal jointure,
     libation, lot, lump, mainlining, marriage portion, measure,
     measure out, meed, member, mess, mete, mete out, modicum, moiety,
     moira, morsel, narcotic shot, nip, number, overdose, pack, parcel,
     parcel out, part, particular, partition, pass around, pay out, peg,
     percentage, piece, place, planets, plate, platter, popping,
     portion out, potation, potion, proportion, prorate, pull, quadrant,
     quaff, quantity, quantum, quarter, quota, rake-off, random sample,
     ration, remainder, roll, run, sample, sampling, scrap,
     second helping, section, sector, segment, service, serving,
     settlement, share, share out, share with, shift, shot, sip,
     skin-popping, slice, slice the pie, slice up, sliver, slug, slurp,
     small amount, small share, snort, split, split up, spoon out,
     stake, stars, stock, strip, subdivide, subdivision, subgroup,
     subspecies, suck, sum, sup, swig, swill, thirds, tot, unlucky day,
     wedge, weird, wheel of fortune, will of Heaven, zone
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PORTION. That part of a parent's estate, or the estate of one standing in 
  loco parentis, which is given to a child. 1 Vern. 204. Vide 8 Com. Dig. 539; 
  16 Vin. Ab. 4321; 1 Supp. to Ves. Jr. 34, 58, 303, 308; 2 Id. 46, 370, 404. 
  
  

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