- The definition of a ration is a fixed amount of something that is provided on a regular basis, or that is the limit of how much you are permitted to have.
- Food provided to soldiers is an example of a ration.
- The amount of food you are allowed during a war or other time of scarcity is an example of a ration.
- To ration is to limit the amount of something that a person or animal can have.
When you only let your dog have a cup of food a day, this is an example of a situation where you ration your dog's food.
American World War II ration book.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a fixed portion; share; allowance
- a fixed allowance or allotment of food or provisions, esp. a fixed daily allowance, as for a soldier
- food or food supply, as for soldiers, explorers, etc.
Origin: MFr from Midieval Latin ratio, ration from L, a reckoning: see reason
- to supply with a ration or rations
- to distribute (food, clothing, etc.) in rations, as in times of scarcity
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- A fixed portion, especially an amount of food allotted to persons in military service or to civilians in times of scarcity.
- rations Food issued or available to members of a group.
- To supply with rations.
- To distribute as rations: rationed out flour and sugar. See Synonyms at distribute.
- To restrict to limited allotments, as during wartime.
Origin: French, from Latin ratiō, ratiōn-, calculation; see ratio.