# Proportion vs. Portion

By Jaxson

• Proportion (noun)

A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.

• Proportion (noun)

Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.

• Proportion (noun)

Proper or equal share.

• Proportion (noun)

The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.

“the proportion of the parts of a building, or of the body”

• Proportion (noun)

A statement of equality between two ratios.

• Proportion (noun)

Size.

• Proportion (verb)

To set or render in proportion.

• Portion (noun)

An allocated amount.

• Portion (noun)

That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.

• Portion (noun)

One’s fate; lot.

• Portion (noun)

The part of an estate given or falling to a child or heir; an inheritance.

• Portion (noun)

A wife’s fortune; a dowry.

• Portion (verb)

To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.

• Portion (verb)

To endow with a portion or inheritance.

Wiktionary
• Proportion (noun)

a part, share, or number considered in comparative relation to a whole

“the proportion of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is rising”

• Proportion (noun)

the relationship of one thing to another in terms of quantity, size, or number; ratio

“the proportion of examination to coursework”

“the bleach can be diluted with water in the proportion one part bleach to ten parts water”

• Proportion (noun)

the comparative measurements or size of different parts of a whole

“the view of what constitutes perfect bodily proportions changes from one generation to the next”

• Proportion (noun)

dimensions; size

“the room, despite its ample proportions, seemed too small for him”

• Proportion (noun)

the correct, attractive, or ideal relationship between one thing and another or between the parts of a whole

“perceptions of colour, form, harmony, and proportion”

• Proportion (verb)

adjust or regulate (something) so that it has a particular or suitable relationship to something else

“a life after death in which happiness can be proportioned to virtue”

• Portion (noun)

a part of a whole

“he could repeat large portions of Shakespeare”

“a portion of the jetty still stands”

• Portion (noun)

a part of something divided between people; a share

“she wanted the right to decide how her portion of the allowance should be spent”

• Portion (noun)

an amount of food suitable for or served to one person

“burger joints offering huge portions”

“a portion of ice cream”

• Portion (noun)

the part or share of an estate given or descending by law to an heir.

• Portion (noun)

a dowry given to a bride at her marriage

“he’ll marry her fast enough when he knows the sum of her portion”

• Portion (noun)

a person’s destiny or lot

“what will be my portion?”

• Portion (verb)

divide (something) into parts and share out

“for centuries meadowland with common hay rights was portioned out”

• Portion (verb)

serve (food) in an amount suitable for one person

“generously portioned lunches”

• Portion (verb)

give a dowry to (a bride)

“my parents will portion me most handsomely”

Oxford Dictionary