Ration meaning

răshən, rāshən
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.

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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.

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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.
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Food issued or available to members of a group.
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To supply with rations.
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Food or food supply, as for soldiers, explorers, etc.
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To distribute (food, clothing, etc.) in rations, as in times of scarcity.
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To portion out (especially during a shortage of supply); to limit access to.

By the third day on the raft, we had to ration our water.

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To restrict (an activity etc.)

Our present health care system is rationed only to those who can afford it because of unnecessary high cost, lack of insurance coverage by 47 million people, and exorbitant prescription prices.

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A fixed portion; share; allowance.
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A fixed allowance or allotment of food or provisions, esp. a fixed daily allowance, as for a soldier.
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To supply with a ration or rations.
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A portion designated to a person or group.
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To supply with a ration; to limit (someone) to a specific allowance of something.

We rationed ourselves to three sips of water a day until we were rescued.

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Origin of ration

  • French from Latin ratiō ratiōn- calculation ratio

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French ration.

    From Wiktionary