What does ration mean?

Definitions for rationˈræʃ ən, ˈreɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ration(noun)

    the food allowance for one day (especially for service personnel)

    "the rations should be nutritionally balanced"

  2. ration(verb)

    a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)

  3. ration(verb)

    restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war

    "Bread was rationed during the siege of the city"

  4. ration, ration out(verb)

    distribute in rations, as in the army

    "Cigarettes are rationed"


  1. ration(Noun)

    A portion designated to a person or group.

  2. ration(Verb)

    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.

  3. ration(Verb)

    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.

  4. ration(Verb)

    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.

  5. Origin: From ration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ration(noun)

    a fixed daily allowance of provisions assigned to a soldier in the army, or a sailor in the navy, for his subsistence

  2. Ration(noun)

    hence, a certain portion or fixed amount dealt out; an allowance; an allotment

  3. Ration(verb)

    to supply with rations, as a regiment

  4. Origin: [F., fr. L. ratio a reckoning, calculation, relation, reference, LL. ratio ration. See Ratio.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ration

    rā′shon, n. the quantity of provisions distributed to a soldier or sailor daily: an allowance.—n. Rā′tion-mon′ey, money paid as commutation for rations. [Fr.,—L. ratio.]

Anagrams for ration »

  1. traino

  2. aroint


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ration in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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