Proportion vs Portion - What's the difference?

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Proportion is a derived term of portion.


As nouns the difference between proportion and portion

is that proportion is (countable) a quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number while portion is an allocated amount.

As verbs the difference between proportion and portion

is that proportion is (arts) to set or render in proportion while portion is to divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.

proportion

English

Noun

  • (lb) A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.
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  • *:“I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion —which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, the worn-out, passionless men, the enervated matrons of the summer capital,!”
  • (lb) Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.
  • (lb) Proper or equal share.
  • *(Jeremy Taylor) (1613–1677)
  • *:Let the womendo the same things in their proportions and capacities.
  • The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.
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  • *(Lancelot Ridley) (ca.1500-1576)
  • *:The image of Christ, made after his own proportion .
  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:Formed in the best proportions of her sex.
  • * (1800-1859)
  • *:Documents are authentic and facts are true precisely in proportion to the support which they afford to his theory.
  • A statement of equality between two ratios.
  • Size.
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    Derived terms

    * in proportion * proportional * proportionally * proportionate * proportioner

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (arts) To set or render in proportion.
  • portion

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An allocated amount.
  • That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.
  • One's fate; lot.
  • * Bible, Luke xii. 46
  • The lord of that servant will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
  • * Keble
  • Man's portion is to die and rise again.
  • The part of an estate given or falling to a child or heir; an inheritance.
  • * Bible, Luke xv. 12
  • Give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.
  • A wife's fortune; a dowry.
  • * 1613 , , V. iv. 31:
  • Commend me to her, and to piece her portion / Tender her this.

    Usage notes

    Relatively formal, compared to the more informal part or more concrete and casual piece. For example, “part of the money” (both informal) but “portion of the proceeds” (both formal).

    Synonyms

    * part * piece

    Derived terms

    * portionless * proportion

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.
  • To endow with a portion or inheritance.
  • Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest. — Alexander Pope.

    Usage notes

    * Particularly used as portion out. * Relatively formal, compared to the more informal divide, divide up, or the casual divvy, divvy up.

    Synonyms

    * divide, divide up * divvy, divvy up

    Derived terms

    * portion off * portion out