- the full or proper portion or part allotted or belonging to or contributed or owed by an individual or group.
- one of the equal fractional parts into which the capital stock of a joint-stock company or a corporation is divided.
- Digital Technology.
- a digital file or document that can be accessed by specific users on a computer network, as for viewing, downloading, or making changes to it: I just sent you a share—can you improve the second paragraph?
- an act of sharing online content with specific users on a computer network: You can do a video share with friends and family.
- to divide and distribute in shares; apportion.
- to use, participate in, enjoy, receive, etc., jointly: The two chemists shared the Nobel prize.
- Digital Technology. to give specific users access to (online content), as by posting it on a social media website or sending it as an email attachment: to share photos on Instagram; a shared spreadsheet.
- to have a share or part; take part (often followed by in).
- to divide, apportion, or receive equally.
- Digital Technology. to give specific users access to online content: You can share via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
- Digital Technology. noting or relating to the practice of sharing online content with specific users on a computer network: Add a share button to your site.
- on/upon shares, on the principle of sharing the profits or losses of an undertaking: They agreed to work on shares.
Origin of share1
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- Digital Technology. a combining form with the meaning “the practice of giving specific users access to digital documents or other online content”: filesharing software; a video-sharing website.
Examples from the Web for sharing
A few years back, designer John Galliano was fined by the government for sharing just such anti-semitic sentiments in public.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the world commute, shop, vacation, and borrow.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?
Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman
December 30, 2014
With its growing ubiquity, there is no denying the influence of the sharing economy this holiday.
The transportation service—and others like it—epitomize what the sharing economy is all about.
When it comes to tangible gifts, the sharing economy really starts to flex its holiday disrupting muscle.
My sharing his compartment had evidently produced an unpleasant impression.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
This is news to me, and I sit up, sharing Watty's astonishment.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
The little baby also languished, sharing its mother's depressed condition.Hetty's Strange History
Cliff had made some discovery that he was not sharing with his partner.
Perhaps she's afraid of letting him out a little, of sharing him with somebody.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
- a part or portion of something owned, allotted to, or contributed by a person or group
- (often plural) any of the equal parts, usually of low par value, into which the capital stock of a company is divided: ownership of shares carries the right to receive a proportion of the company's profitsSee also ordinary shares, preference shares
- go shares informal to share (something) with another or others
- (tr often foll by out) to divide or apportion, esp equally
- (when intr, often foll by in) to receive or contribute a portion ofwe can share the cost of the petrol; six people shared in the inheritance
- to join with another or others in the use of (something)can I share your umbrella?
- short for ploughshare
Word Origin and History for sharing
"portion," Old English scearu "a cutting, shearing, tonsure; a part or division," related to sceran "to cut," from Proto-Germanic *skaro- (cf. Old High German scara "troop, share of forced labor," German Schar "troop, band," properly "a part of an army," Old Norse skör "rim"), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear).
Meaning "part of the capital of a joint stock company" is first attested c.1600. Share and share alike attested from 1560s. The same Old English noun in the sense "division" led to an obsolete noun share "fork ('division') of the body at the groin; pubic region" (late Old English and Middle English); hence share-bone "pubis" (early 15c.).
"iron blade of a plow," Old English scear, scær "plowshare," properly "that which cuts," from Proto-Germanic *skar- (cf. Old Frisian skere, Middle Low German schar, Old High German scar, German Schar, Dutch ploegschaar, Middle High German pfluocschar), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear).
1580s, "to apportion to someone as his share; to apportion out to others; to enjoy or suffer (something) with others," from share (n.1). Meaning "to divide one's own and give part to others" is recorded from 1590s. Meaning "confess one's sins openly" (1932, implied in sharing) is from "the language of Moral Rearmament" [OED]. Related: Shared; sharer; sharing.