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  1. the full or proper portion or part allotted or belonging to or contributed or owed by an individual or group.

  2. one of the equal fractional parts into which the capital stock of a joint-stock company or a corporation is divided.

  1. 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.

verb (used with object),shared, shar·ing.
  1. to divide and distribute in shares; apportion.

  2. to use, participate in, enjoy, receive, etc., jointly: The two chemists shared the Nobel Prize.

  1. 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.

verb (used without object),shared, shar·ing.
  1. to have a share or part; take part (often followed by in).

  2. to divide, apportion, or receive equally.

  1. Digital Technology. to give specific users access to online content: You can share via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

  1. Computers. noting or relating to the practice of sharing online content with specific users on a computer network: Add a share button to your site.

Idioms about share

  1. on / upon shares, on the principle of sharing the profits or losses of an undertaking: They agreed to work on shares.

Origin of share

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English noun shar(e), sharre “cutting, division,” Old English scearu “fork of the body, groin”; cognate with Dutch schaar, German Schar “troop”; see shear

synonym study For share

7. Share, partake, participate mean to join with others or to receive in common with others. To share is to give or receive a part of something, or to enjoy or assume something in common: to share in another's experiences. To partake is to take for one's own personal use a portion of something: to partake of food. To participate is especially to join with others in some thought, feeling, or, particularly, some action: to participate in a race, in a conversation.

Other words for share

Other words from share

  • shar·a·ble, share·a·ble, adjective
  • sharer, noun
  • half-shared, adjective
  • non·shar·ing, adjective, noun
  • un·shar·a·ble, adjective
  • un·share·a·ble, adjective
  • un·shared, adjective
  • un·shar·ing, adjective

Other definitions for share (2 of 2)

[ shair ]


Origin of share

First recorded before 900; Middle English shar(e), sharre, Old English scear, scer; cognate with German Schar; see shear Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use share in a sentence

  • Hence none felt any qualm as to the strong measures to be adopted towards the hostile sharer of the secret.

    Aletta | Bertram Mitford
  • There is another very important sharer in distribution—the interest-taker.

  • His face was bright and eager; he was full yet of the pleasure of the evening, and anxious to make her a sharer of it.

    The Wayfarers | Mary Stewart Cutting
  • I have often desired, ladies, to be a sharer in the good fortune of the man whose story I am about to relate to you.

  • But now, Little Jim seemed suddenly to have become an actual companion, a partner, a sharer in things as they were and were to be.

    Partners of Chance | Henry Herbert Knibbs

British Dictionary definitions for share (1 of 2)


/ (ʃɛə) /

  1. a part or portion of something owned, allotted to, or contributed by a person or group

  2. (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 profits: See also ordinary shares, preference shares

  1. go shares informal to share (something) with another or others

  1. (tr often foll by out) to divide or apportion, esp equally

  2. (when intr, often foll by in) to receive or contribute a portion of: we can share the cost of the petrol; six people shared in the inheritance

  1. to join with another or others in the use of (something): can I share your umbrella?

Origin of share

Old English scearu; related to Old Norse skor amount, Old High German scara crowd; see shear

Derived forms of share

  • sharable or shareable, adjective
  • sharer, noun

British Dictionary definitions for share (2 of 2)


/ (ʃɛə) /

  1. short for ploughshare

Origin of share

Old English scear; related to Old Norse skeri, Old High German scaro

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Other Idioms and Phrases with share


In addition to the idiom beginning with share

  • share and share alike

also see:

  • lion's share

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