Share Definition

shâr
shared, shares, sharing
noun
shares
A part or portion that belongs or is allotted to an individual, or the part contributed by an individual.
Webster's New World
A just, due, reasonable, or full part or quota.
To do one's share of work.
Webster's New World
Any of the parts or portions into which the ownership of a piece of property is divided.
Webster's New World
Any one of the equal parts into which the capital stock of a corporation is divided.
Webster's New World
A unit of ownership in a mutual fund or other investment vehicle.
Bought two shares in a mutual fund.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
whole
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verb
shared, shares, sharing
To distribute in shares; give out a portion or portions of; apportion.
Webster's New World
To accord a share in (something) to another or others.
Shared her chocolate bar with a friend.
American Heritage
To share or divide something equally.
Webster's New World
To participate in, use, enjoy, or experience jointly or in turns.
Share a responsibility; share a room.
American Heritage
To receive, use, experience, etc. in common with another or others.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
be selfishkeepholdtake no part inhave no share inavoidunitewithholdcombine
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idiom
go shares
  • To be concerned or partake equally or jointly, as in a business venture.
American Heritage
go shares
  • to take part jointly, as in an enterprise
Webster's New World
on shares
  • with each person concerned taking a share of the profit or loss
Webster's New World
share and share alike
  • with each having an equal share
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Share

Noun

Singular:
share
Plural:
shares

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Share

Origin of Share

  • From Middle English schare, schere, from Old English scearu (“a cutting, shaving, a shearing, tonsure, part, division, share"), from Proto-Germanic *skarō (“a division, detachment"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱar-, *skar- (“to divide"). Cognate with Eastern Frisian skar, sker (“a share in a communal pasture"), Dutch schaar (“a dab, pair of scissors, claw"), German Schar (“band, troop, party, company"), Icelandic skor (“department"). Compare shard, shear.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English share, schare, shaar, from Old English scear, scær (“ploughshare"), from Proto-Germanic *skaraz (“ploughshare"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kerÉ™- (“to cut"). Cognate with Dutch schaar (“ploughshare"), German dialectal Schar (“ploghshare"), Danish plovskær (“ploghshare"). More at shear.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English scearu division sker-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • Middle English from Old English scēar sker-1 in Indo-European roots

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

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