Nearby words

  1. shar-pei,
  2. shara,
  3. sharaku,
  4. shard,
  5. shardana,
  6. share account,
  7. share and share alike,
  8. share certificate,
  9. share draft,
  10. share index

Idioms

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

Origin of share

1
1325–75; Middle English (noun) “cutting, division”; Old English scearu “fork of the body, groin”; cognate with Dutch schaar, German Schar “troop.” See shear

Related forms

Synonym study

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.

-sharing

Digital Technology. a combining form with the meaning “the practice of giving specific users access to digital documents or other online content”: filesharing software; a video-sharing website.
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British Dictionary definitions for sharing

share

1
/ (ʃɛə) /

noun

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

verb

(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?
Derived Formssharable or shareable, adjectivesharer, noun

Word Origin for share

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

share

2
/ (ʃɛə) /

noun

short for ploughshare

Word Origin for share

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

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Word Origin and History for sharing
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Idioms and Phrases with sharing

share

In addition to the idiom beginning with share

  • share and share alike

also see:

  • lion's share
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