- 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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- a plowshare.
Origin of share2
Examples from the Web for share
We have to share those feelings of concern that the people are feeling.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Mr. Bachner said it had been hard to introduce his work ethic and share his vision with the locals and his team.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
Getting men to do their share of care and domestic work is a key overlooked strategy in reducing poverty.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Having finally seen Selma on November 17, I must report, sadly, that I do not share the enthusiasm the film has generated so far.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
To be sure, Jefferson did share the credit, but not in the way such a resolution might be interpreted.Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
At parting, she urged Eudora to share her apartment for the night.
Another subject attracted her attention and occupied some share of her thoughts.
And of course you can't ever be no Shepler 'less you take your share of chances.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
You wouldn't have the heart to chate your ould mother out of her share?Brave and Bold
Today, better than ever before, we know the aspirations of humankind, and share them.
- 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 share
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with share
In addition to the idiom beginning with share
- share and share alike
- lion's share