- 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
Origin of share2
Related Words for sharesdivision, stake, proportion, part, interest, dividend, percentage, contribution, divide, receive, distribute, experience, split, participate, claim, serving, taste, chunk, dose, measure
Examples from the Web for shares
Contemporary Examples of shares
The future Mr. Vergara—and star of ‘True Blood’ and ‘Magic Mike’ shares some life advice in an exclusive video.Who Is Joe Manganiello? Sofia Vergara’s Fiancé on the Value of Hard Work
The Daily Beast Video
December 29, 2014
As well as weekly church services, Boyfriend—who shares a birthday with Madonna—went to a private, Christian school.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
On its first day of trading, Alibaba shares were up 38 percent, yielding a market capitalization of $213 billion.Alibaba’s Dark Side: Censoring Customers
November 18, 2014
But he shares with Foster Wallace a gift for exactitude, erudition, and moral concern.Charles D’Ambrosio’s X-Ray Vision Is On Full Display In His New Essay Collection.
November 14, 2014
The cells that hold its 49 inmates for 22 hours a day were a few feet bigger, and no one shares.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
Historical Examples of shares
The essence of freedom is that each of us shares in the shaping of his own destiny.
"I'll let you in on some shares," Watts called after him as he turned away.The Gentleman From Indiana
To any one who shares the faith I have been developing in this book, what I mean will be evident.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
My dear Quinn, some members of the Cabinet have shares in armament works.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
First you worry me to take the shares, and then you worry me not—I won't have it, Nell, I won't have it!Joy (First Series Plays)
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