- 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
Examples from the Web for sharing
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of sharing
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
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