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Half vs. Portion — What's the Difference?

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Half

One of two equal parts that together constitute a whole.
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Portion

A part of a whole
He could repeat large portions of Shakespeare
A portion of the jetty still stands
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Half

One part approximately equal to the remaining part.
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Portion

A person's destiny or lot
What will be my portion?
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Half

(Informal) A 50-cent piece.
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Portion

Divide (something) into parts and share out
For centuries meadowland with common hay rights was portioned out
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Half

One of the two playing periods into which certain games are divided.
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Portion

A section or quantity within a larger thing; a part of a whole.
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Half

A halfback.
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Portion

A part separated from a whole.
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Half

Chiefly British A school term; a semester.
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Portion

A helping of food.
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Half

Half an hour
A half past one.
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Portion

The part of an estate received by an heir.
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Half

Being one of two equal parts.
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Portion

A woman's dowry
Marriage portion.
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Half

Being approximately a half.
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Portion

A person's lot or fate.
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Half

Partial or incomplete
Gave me a half smile.
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Portion

To divide into parts or shares for distribution; parcel.
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Half

To the extent of exactly or nearly 50 percent
The tank is half empty.
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Portion

To provide with a share, inheritance, or dowry.
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Half

Not completely or sufficiently; partly
Only half right.
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Portion

An allocated amount.
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Half

One of two usually roughly equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided.
I ate the slightly smaller half of the apple.
You don’t know the half of it.
Of the passengers on the plane, half were English.
The cake was delicious: half was vanilla and half was chocolate.
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Portion

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

(sports) One of the two opposite parts of the playing field of various sports, in which each starts the game.
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Portion

One's fate; lot.
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Half

Half of a standard measure, chiefly: (British) half a pint of beer or cider.
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Portion

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

(preceded by “a” or a number) The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.
Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half.
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Portion

A wife's fortune; a dowry.
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Half

Any of the three terms at Eton College, for Michaelmas, Lent, and summer.
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Portion

(transitive) To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.
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Half

(slang) A half sibling.
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Portion

(transitive) To endow with a portion or inheritance.
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Half

A child ticket.
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Portion

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

(sports) abbreviated form for half marathon.
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Portion

A part considered by itself, though not actually cut off or separated from the whole.
These are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him!
Portions and parcels of the dreadful past.
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Half

(numismatic slang) half-dollar
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Portion

A part assigned; allotment; share; fate.
The lord of that servant . . . will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
Man's portion is to die and rise again.
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Half

Consisting of a half (½, 50%).
A half kilo
A half hour
A half dollar
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Portion

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.
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Half

Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect.
A half truth
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Portion

A wife's fortune; a dowry.
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Half

(of a sibling) Having one parent (rather than two) in common.
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Portion

To separate or divide into portions or shares; to parcel; to distribute.
And portion to his tribes the wide domain.
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Half

(of a relative other than a sibling) Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two.
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Portion

To endow with a portion or inheritance.
Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest.
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Half

In two equal parts or to an equal degree.
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Portion

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
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Half

In some part approximating a half.
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Portion

Something less than the whole of a human artifact;
The rear part of the house
Glue the two parts together
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Half

Partially; imperfectly.
Half done
Half persuaded
Half conscious
He does sometimes half wish to change his life, but it is too difficult.
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Portion

The result of parcelling out or sharing;
Death gets more than its share of attention from theologicans
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Half

Practically, nearly.
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Portion

Assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group;
He wanted his share in cash
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Half

To halve.
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Portion

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
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Half

Half past; a half-hour (30 minutes) after the last hour.
The time is 9:30; it is half nine.
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Portion

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
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Half

A half-hour to (preceding) the next hour.
In some countries, "half seven" means 6:30.
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Portion

Give out or allot;
We were assigned new uniforms
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Half

(theatre) A call reminding performers that the performance will begin in thirty minutes.
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Half

Consisting of a moiety, or half; as, a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view.
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Half

Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect; as, a half dream; half knowledge.
Assumed from thence a half consent.
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Half

In an equal part or degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly; as, half-colored, half done, half-hearted, half persuaded, half conscious.
Their children spoke halfin the speech of Ashdod.
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Half

Part; side; behalf.
The four halves of the house.
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Half

One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; - sometimes followed by of; as, a half of an apple.
Not half his riches known, and yet despised.
A friendship so completePortioned in halves between us.
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Half

To halve. [Obs.] See Halve.
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Half

One of two equal parts of a divisible whole;
Half a loaf
Half an hour
A century and one half
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Half

In various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval
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Half

Consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity;
A half chicken
Lasted a half hour
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Half

Partial;
Gave me a half smile
He did only a half job
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Half

(of siblings) related through one parent only;
A half brother
Half sister
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Half

Partially or to the extent of a half;
He was half hidden by the bushes
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