1. an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal

    Synonyms : helping, serving
    Type Of : small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    Examples :
    • his portion was larger than hers
  2. assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

    Synonyms : part, percentage, share
    Type Of : assets
  3. something less than the whole of a human artifact

    Synonyms : part
    Type Of : object, physical object
  4. the allotment of some amount by dividing something

    Synonyms : parcel, share
    Type Of : parcelling, parceling, assignation, apportionment, apportioning, allotment, allocation
  5. money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage

    Synonyms : dower, dowery, dowry
    Type Of : gift
  6. give out

    Synonyms : allot, assign
    Type Of : allot, parcel out, mete out, deal, lot, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, shell out, dole out, administer
  7. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

    Synonyms : circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck
    Type Of : condition
    Examples :
    • success that was her portion
  8. something determined in relation to something that includes it

    Synonyms : component, component part, constituent, part
    Type Of : relation
    Examples :
    • I read a portion of the manuscript


  1. producing a sizeable profit

    Synonyms : moneymaking, remunerative


  1. processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible

    Synonyms : developing
    Type Of : processing
    Examples :
    • the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours
  2. the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful

    Synonyms : exploitation
    Type Of : utilization, exercise, employment, usage, use, utilisation
    Examples :
    • the development of Alaskan resources
  3. a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)

    Synonyms : evolution
    Type Of : physical process, process
    Examples :
    • the development of his ideas took many years
    • the slow development of her skill as a writer
  4. (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level

    Synonyms : growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny
    Antonyms : nondevelopment
    Type Of : organic process, biological process
    Examples :
    • he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children
  5. act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining

    Type Of : improvement
    Examples :
    • he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency
    • they funded research and development
  6. a district that has been developed to serve some purpose

    Type Of : district, dominion, territorial dominion, territory
    Examples :
    • such land is practical for small park developments
  7. a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation

    Type Of : modification, alteration, change
    Examples :
    • recent developments in Iraq
    • what a revolting development!
  8. a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)

    Type Of : improvement, melioration
    Examples :
    • after he saw the latest development he changed his mind and became a supporter
    • in chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen
  9. (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated

    Type Of : section, subdivision


  1. the state of being held in high esteem and honor

    Synonyms : repute
    Type Of : honour, laurels, honor
  2. the general estimation that the public has for a person

    Synonyms : report
    Type Of : estimate, estimation
    Examples :
    • he acquired a reputation as an actor before he started writing
  3. notoriety for some particular characteristic

    Type Of : ill fame, notoriety
    Examples :
    • his reputation for promiscuity


  1. liable to sudden unpredictable change

    Synonyms : fickle, mercurial, quicksilver
    Examples :
    • erratic behavior
  2. having no fixed course

    Synonyms : planetary, wandering
    Examples :
    • an erratic comet
  3. likely to perform unpredictably

    Synonyms : temperamental
    Examples :
    • erratic winds are the bane of a sailor


  1. a black-and-white photograph or slide

    Synonyms : black and white
    Type Of : picture, exposure, photo, photograph, pic
  2. having or appearing to have only one color

    Synonyms : monochromatic, monochromic, monochromous
  3. painting done in a range of tones of a single color

    Type Of : picture, painting


  1. strong feelings of embarrassment

    Synonyms : humiliation, mortification
    Type Of : embarrassment
  2. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

    Synonyms : abase, humble, humiliate, mortify
    Type Of : wound, bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite


  1. in a random manner

    Synonyms : at random, every which way, haphazardly, indiscriminately, randomly, willy-nilly


  1. a small house with a single story

    Synonyms : cottage
    Type Of : house


  1. tending to bring about; being partly responsible for

    Synonyms : conducive, contributing, contributory, tributary