- a fixed allowance of provisions or food, especially for soldiers or sailors or for civilians during a shortage: a daily ration of meat and bread.
- an allotted amount: They finally saved up enough gas rations for the trip.
- provisions: Enough rations were brought along to feed all the marchers.
- Chiefly South Atlantic States.food or meals: The old hotel still has the best rations in town.
- to supply, apportion, or distribute as rations (often followed by out): to ration out food to an army.
- to supply or provide with rations: to ration an army with food.
- to restrict the consumption of (a commodity, food, etc.): to ration meat during war.
- to restrict the consumption of (a consumer): The civilian population was rationed while the war lasted.
Origin of ration
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Examples from the Web for rationed
If rationed carefully and traveling at maximum speed, I might even cover a good amount of nearby land.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
Recently she made headlines by attacking a provision in Obama's stimulus plan that she said would lead to rationed health care.The Woman Who Killed Health Care
May 15, 2009
Bread had just been rationed out: there were to be 300 grammes for adults and 150 grammes for children.My Double Life
Each of us, on leaving the Leviathan, had been rationed with a sandwich.The Greater Love
George T. McCarthy
He rationed his supply a bit, hoping he could finish the job without a refill.Tight Squeeze
Dean Charles Ing
They were rationed about as our own men, and from our supplies.Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete
Ulysses S. Grant
During the war, when we're rationed, I save him his daily glass.Probability
- a fixed allowance of food, provisions, etc, esp a statutory one for civilians in time of scarcity or soldiers in time of wara tea ration
- (as modifier)a ration book
- a sufficient or adequate amountyou've had your ration of television for today
- (often foll by out) to distribute (provisions), esp to an army
- to restrict the distribution or consumption of (a commodity) by (people)the government has rationed sugar; sugar is short, so I'll have to ration you
Word Origin and History for rationed
1550, "reasoning," later, "relation of one number to another" (1660s), then "fixed allowance of food" (1702, often rations, from French ration in this sense), from Latin rationem (nominative ratio) "a reckoning, calculation, proportion" (see ratio). The military pronunciation (rhymes with fashion) took over from the preferred civilian pronunciation (rhymes with nation) during World War I.