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"portfolio" in British English

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portfolionoun [C]

uk   /ˌpɔːtˈfəʊ.li.əʊ/  us   /ˌpɔːrtˈfoʊ.li.oʊ/ (plural portfolios)

portfolio noun [C] (CASE)

a ​large, ​thincase used for ​carryingdrawings, ​documents, etc. a ​collection of ​drawings, ​documents, etc. that ​represent a person's, ​especially an artist's, ​work: She's ​trying to ​build up a portfolio of ​work to show during ​jobinterviews.

portfolio noun [C] (FINANCIAL)

specialized finance & economics a ​collection of ​company shares and other investments that are ​owned by a ​particularperson or ​organization

portfolio noun [C] (JOB)

UK specialized politics a ​particularjob or ​area of ​responsibility of a ​member of a ​government: The ​primeministeroffered her the ​foreignaffairs portfolio.without portfolio UK specialized In ​Britain, a minister without portfolio is an ​importantgovernmentofficial who is not in ​charge of a ​particulardepartment, but who still ​takespart in the ​decisions of the ​government.
(Definition of portfolio from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"portfolio" in American English

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portfolionoun [C]

 us   /pɔrtˈfoʊ·liˌoʊ, poʊrt-/ (plural portfolios)

portfolio noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a ​large, ​flatcontainer used for ​carryinglargedrawings, ​documents, or other ​papers art A portfolio is also a ​collection of ​drawings, ​designs, or other ​papers that ​represent a person’s ​work.

portfolio noun [C] (INVESTMENTS)

a ​collection of investments that are ​owned by a ​particularperson or ​organization: a ​stock portfolio
(Definition of portfolio from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"portfolio" in Business English

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portfolionoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌpɔːtˈfəʊliəʊ/ (plural portfolios)
FINANCE a ​collection of different ​investments that are ​owned by a particular ​person or ​organization: an investment portfolio a property portfolio have/hold a portfolio These ​funds are less ​risky because you ​hold a portfolio ​selected and ​monitored by a ​specialistmanager. build (up) a portfolio You could ​build up a portfolio ​including UK ​funds.a balanced/diversified portfolio It's a ​diversified portfolio, which will ​lower the ​risk.a global/international portfolio These ​funds are impossible to ignore if you want a broad ​international portfolio.a bond/stock/share portfolio These ​shares should ​amount to no more than 10 or 20% of a ​stock portfolio.
COMMERCE, FINANCE the ​range of ​products or ​services that a ​companyoffers, or the ​businesses that someone ​owns: Customer ​reaction to our product portfolio has been extremely ​positive. The ​hotel group's brand portfolioincludes about 15 ​complementarybrands, from ​luxury to ​budgethotels.strong/broad portfolio We will continue to have a ​strong portfolio of ​businesses with an ​annualturnover of ​approximately £1.65bn. build up/expand a portfolio He and ​associates want to ​build up a portfolio of money-making ​websites.
GOVERNMENT the particular ​job or ​area of ​responsibility that a ​member of a ​government has : One of the most significant ​changes is in the trade portfolio.
(Definition of portfolio from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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