- 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.
verb (used without object), shared, shar·ing.
Origin of share1
Synonyms for share
Related Words for sharerspartner, proprietor, holder, landowner, colleague, member, player, shareholder, party, buyer, purchaser, customer, patron, visitor, caller, companion, inmate, client, recipient, tenant
Examples from the Web for sharers
Historical Examples of sharers
But, with this exception, all the sharers of my retreat make love.The Uncommercial Traveller
It may be significant that both Pope and Underwood were sharers also in the Globe.
At this time there were in the troupe eight sharers, or chief actors.
What disposition, if any, the sharers made of the Globe between 1642 and 1644 we do not know.
The sharers then proceeded to the task of constructing their playhouse.
Word Origin for share
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with share
- share and share alike
- lion's share