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portfolio

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1  —as in:
a leather portfolio
Definition a flat, thin case for carrying papers, drawings, etc.
  • The papers are in my portfolio.
portfolio = a flat, thin case for carrying papers, drawings, etc.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She never goes to a meeting without her portfolio.
  • portfolio = a flat, thin case for carrying papers, drawings, etc.
  • Captain Rhallon shrugged and pulled a portfolio from his briefcase.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • portfolio = a flat, thin case for carrying papers
  • Yeah, the studio classes here are supposed to be great, so I felt like it was a good chance to work on my technique before portfolios are due for college apps.
    Madeleine Roux  --  Asylum
  • portfolios = examples of creative work
  • Grand, too, looked tired and overwrought; he kept pacing up and down the room, opening and closing a portfolio crammed with sheets of manuscript that lay on the table.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • portfolio = a flat, thin case for carrying papers, drawings, etc.
  • "Understood," said David, taking a portfolio from the Director.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • portfolio = a flat, thin case for carrying papers, drawings, etc.
  • I was delighted to believe it, and when I went into society I used to carry her pictures with me in a portfolio and hand them round to the company.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • portfolio = a flat, thin case for carrying papers, drawings, etc.
  • At this moment the study door opened, and a military man, with a portfolio under his arm, came out talking loudly, and after bidding good-bye to someone inside, took his departure.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • portfolio = a flat, thin case for carrying papers, drawings, etc.
  • And with that he thrust his portfolio, his tin of crayons, and his rolled-up sheet of paper into her hands and he set off at a trot down to the gates, his shoulders hunched against the driving rain.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • portfolio = a flat, thin case for carrying papers, drawings, etc.
  • Afterward, Annie had, at Mae's insistence, shown her some documents, ancient yellowed papers detailing their family history, a beautiful black portfolio of genealogies, scholarly articles, pictures of grave old men with extravagant sideburns standing near rough-hewn cabins.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
portfolio = a flat, thin case for carrying papers

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2  —as in:
showed her creative portfolio
Definition a collection of examples of creative work
  • I showed her my portfolio of photographs.
portfolio = collection of examples of creative work
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Starting in high school, we are instructed to keep a portfolio of our work.
  • portfolio = collection of examples of creative work
  • We're adding it to our portfolio to show prospective clients.
  • portfolio = collection of examples of creative work
  • Then I saw what he meant: I was supposed to bring something called "a portfolio of recent work," which meant pictures, so he could judge me.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • portfolio = a collection of examples of creative work
  • Norah complained that he was becoming obsessed with photography—why else would he bring his portfolio on vacation?
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • portfolio = collection of examples of creative work
  • Lori, because of her good grades and art portfolio, had been accepted into a government-sponsored summer camp for students with special aptitudes.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • portfolio = a collection of creative work used as an example of someone's work
  • Then he shows me another drawing he's added to his portfolio,
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • portfolio = collection of examples of creative work
  • We have to write our own poems in a "poetry portfolio."
    Lincoln Pierce  --  Big Nate - In a Class by Himself
  • portfolio = a collection of examples of creative work
  • I was standing beside his bed and he was sitting up between the sheets, clad in his underwear, with a great portfolio in his hands.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • portfolio = a flat, thin case holding creative works
  • I went in, and stood while Mr. Hrbik sat, going through my portfolio, which was spread out on his desk.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
portfolio = a collection of examples of creative work

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3  —as in:
investment portfolio
Definition all the investments held by an individual or organization
  • Keep a diversified portfolio to reduce risk.
portfolio = collection of investments
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She wants to reduce the risk in her portfolio.
  • portfolio = collection of investments
  • He also had a decent stock portfolio, which he monitored on his laptop during the few hours of downtime.
    Mark Owen  --  No Easy Day
  • portfolio = collection of investments
  • This is a big loan, Ginny. One of the biggest in our portfolio now, though I shouldn't be telling you that.
    Jane Smiley  --  A Thousand Acres
  • portfolio = all the investments held by an individual or organization
  • Uncle Pete had a chunk of Happicuppa stock in his portfolio, and not just a little chunk.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • portfolio = collection of investments
  • A Merrill Lynch portfolio in an Atlanta office had a balance of almost $7 million.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • portfolio = collection of investments
  • ...had gone a bit bonkers at the end and invested more than fifty percent of the portfolio in VistaBank, a commercial-banking monster, for "sentimental reasons"
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • portfolio = all the investments held by an individual
  • Between September of 1983 and November of 1985, John Alfred Hammond and his "Pachyderm Portfolio" raised $870 million in venture capital to finance his proposed corporation, International Genetic Technologies, Inc.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
portfolio = group of investments

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Less commonly:
Much more rarely, portfolio can reference:
  • a variety of related things — as in "Nuclear energy should be part of a wide portfolio of low-carbon energy sources."
  • the role or responsibilities of the head of a government department — as in:  "She holds the portfolio for foreign affairs."
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