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portion

noun allotment, amount, component, excerpt, fair share, fragment, installment, measure, moiety, part, percentage, piece, portion, quantity, quota, ration, section, sector, segment, share

portion

verb allocate, allot, apportion, bequeath, break down into portions, break up into units, budget, disperse, divide into shares, dole, dole out, parcel, partition, prorate, ration, section, segment, separate, split up, split up into units, subdivide
See also: allotment, article, aspect, assignment, chapter, commission, component, detail, division, dole, element, equity, excerpt, factor, fee, heritage, ingredient, installment, interest, lot, member, moiety, ownership, parcel, part, partition, phase, proportion, prorate, quantity, quota, ration, region, segment, separate, share, subdivide, title

portion

1 a share of property, especially one coming to a child from the estate of his parents.
2 the property given by a woman to her husband at marriage; dowry.
3 to give a dowry or portion to (a person); endow.

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.

References in classic literature ?
She saw with sorrow, and sometimes with exasperation, symptoms of a growing attachment between her son and the portionless Sonya.
What kind of return would that be which would be comprised in our permitting their nephew, their only relative, whom they regard as a son, and for whom it would be mere childishness to suppose they have not formed plans suitably adapted to the education he has had, and the fortune he will inherit--in our permitting him to marry a portionless girl: so closely connected with us, that the irresistible inference must be, that he was entrapped by a plot; that it was a deliberate scheme, and a speculation amongst us three?
The portionless, who struggle with no such unnecessary inherited encumbrances, find it labor enough to subdue and cultivate a few cubic feet of flesh.