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.

Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.
Luke xv. 12.

5. A wife's fortune; a dowry. Shak.

Syn. — Division; share; parcel; quantity; allotment; dividend. — 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.

(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.

And portion to his tribes the wide domain.

2. To endow with a portion or inheritance.

Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest.

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