Definitions for rationˈræʃ ən, ˈreɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ra•tionˈræʃ ən, ˈreɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. a fixed allowance of food, esp. for one day.

  2. an allotted amount.

  3. (v.t.)to distribute as rations (often fol. by out):

    to ration out food to an army.

  4. to provide with or put on rations.

  5. to restrict consumption of:

    to ration meat.

Origin of ration:

1540–50; < F < L ratiō; see ratio

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ration(noun)ˈræʃ ən, ˈreɪ ʃən

    the amount of food, water, etc. allowed when there are limited amounts available

    the weekly ration of rice

  2. ration(verb)ˈræʃ ən, ˈreɪ ʃən

    to limit the amount of food, water, or other supplies each person can have

    Water is being rationed during the drought.


  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

Anagrams of ration

  1. traino

  2. aroint

Translations for ration

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a measured amount of food etc allowed during a particular period of time

The soldiers were each given a ration of food for the day.

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