What does share mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. share, portion, part, percentagenoun

    assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

    "he wanted his share in cash"

  2. sharenoun

    any of the equal portions into which the capital stock of a corporation is divided and ownership of which is evidenced by a stock certificate

    "he bought 100 shares of IBM at the market price"

  3. parcel, portion, sharenoun

    the allotment of some amount by dividing something

    "death gets more than its share of attention from theologians"

  4. contribution, part, sharenoun

    the part played by a person in bringing about a result

    "I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project"; "they all did their share of the work"

  5. plowshare, ploughshare, shareverb

    a sharp steel wedge that cuts loose the top layer of soil

  6. shareverb

    have in common

    "Our children share a love of music"; "The two countries share a long border"

  7. shareverb

    use jointly or in common

  8. partake, share, partake inverb

    have, give, or receive a share of

    "We shared the cake"

  9. share, divvy up, portion out, apportion, dealverb

    give out as one's portion or share

  10. shareverb


    "I'd like to share this idea with you"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sharenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    If every just man, that now pines with want,
    Had but a moderate and beseeming share,
    Of that which lewdly-pamper’d luxury
    Now heaps upon some with vast excess. John Milton.

    They went a hunting, and every one to go share and share like in what they took. Roger L'Estrange.

    The subdued territory was divided into greater and smaller shares, besides that reserved to the prince. William Temple.

    I’ll give you arms; burn, ravish, and destroy:
    For my own share one beauty I design;
    Engage your honours that she shall be mine. Dryden.

    While fortune favour’d,
    I made some figure; nor was my name
    Obscure, nor I without my share of fame. John Dryden, Æn.

    The youths have equal share
    In Marcia’s wishes, and divide their sister. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    In poets, as true genius is but rare,
    True taste as seldom is the critick’s share. Alexander Pope.

    He who doth not perform that part assigned him, is a very mischievous member of the publick; because he takes his share of the profit, and yet leaves his share of the burden to be born by others. Jonathan Swift.

    These, although they bear a share in the discharge, yet have different offices in the composition. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Nor laws they knew, nor manners, nor the care
    Of lab’ring oxen, nor the shining share. Dryden.

    Then let him mark the sheep, or whet the shining share. John Dryden, Virgil’s Georg.

    Great cities shall with walls be compass’d round,
    And sharpen’d shares shall vex the fruitful ground. Dryden.

    Incumbent o’er the shining share
    The master leans, removes th’ obstructive clay. James Thomson.

    For clay the coulter is long and bending, and the share narrow. John Mortimer.

  2. To SHAREverb

    Etymology: scearan, scyran , Saxon.

    Good fellows all,
    The latest of my wealth I’ll share amongst you. William Shakespeare.

    Any man may make trial of his fortune, provided he acknowledge the lord’s right, by sharing out unto him a toll. Carew.

    Well may he then to you his cares impart,
    And share his burden where he shares his heart. Dryden.

    In the primitive times the advantage of priesthood was equally shared among all the order, and none of that character had any superiority. Collier.

    Though the weight of a falshood would be too heavy for one to bear, it grows light in their imaginations when it is shared among many. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Suppose I share my fortune equally between my children and a stranger, will that unite them? Jonathan Swift.

    The captain, half of whose soldiers are dead, and the other quarter never mustered or seen, comes shortly to demand payment of his whole account; where, by good means of some great ones, and privy sharings with the officers of other some, he receiveth his debt. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    In vain does valour bleed,
    While avarice and rapine share the land. John Milton.

    Go, silently enjoy your part of grief,
    And share the sad inheritance with me. Dryden.

    Wav’d by the wanton winds his banner flies,
    All maiden white, and shares the people’s eyes. Dryden.

    This was the prince decreed
    To share his sceptre. John Dryden, Æn.

    Not a love of liberty, nor thirst of honour,
    Drew you thus far; but hopes to share the spoil
    Of conquer’d towns and plunder’d provinces. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    All night it rains, the shews return with day;
    Great Jove with Cæsar shares his sov’reign sway. Logie .

    With swift wheel reverse deep ent’ring shar’d
    All his right side. John Milton.

    Scalp, face, and shoulders the keen steel divides,
    And the shar’d visage hangs on equal sides. Dryden.

  3. To Shareverb

    To have part; to have a dividend.

    I am the prince of Wales; and think not, Percy,
    To share with me in glory any more. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Had greater haste these sacred rites prepar’d,
    Some guilty mouths had in your triumphs shar’d;
    But this untainted year is all your own. Dryden.

    A right of inheritance gave every one a title to share in the goods of his father. John Locke.

    This is Dutch partnership, to share in all our beneficial bargains, and exclude us wholly from theirs. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sharenoun

    the part (usually an iron or steel plate) of a plow which cuts the ground at the bottom of a furrow; a plowshare

  2. Sharenoun

    the part which opens the ground for the reception of the seed, in a machine for sowing seed

  3. Share

    a certain quantity; a portion; a part; a division; as, a small share of prudence

  4. Share

    especially, the part allotted or belonging to one, of any property or interest owned by a number; a portion among others; an apportioned lot; an allotment; a dividend

  5. Share

    hence, one of a certain number of equal portions into which any property or invested capital is divided; as, a ship owned in ten shares

  6. Share

    the pubes; the sharebone

  7. Shareverb

    to part among two or more; to distribute in portions; to divide

  8. Shareverb

    to partake of, use, or experience, with others; to have a portion of; to take and possess in common; as, to share a shelter with another

  9. Shareverb

    to cut; to shear; to cleave; to divide

  10. Shareverb

    to have part; to receive a portion; to partake, enjoy, or suffer with others

  11. Etymology: [OE. share, AS. scearu, scaru, fr. sceran to shear, cut. See Shear, v.]


  1. Share

    A corporation divides its capital into shares, which are offered for sale to raise capital, termed as issuing shares. Thus, a share is an indivisible unit of capital, expressing the contractual relationship between the company and the shareholder. The denominated value of a share is its face value: the total capital of a company is divided into a number of shares. In financial markets, a share is a unit of account for various financial instruments including stocks, and investments in limited partnerships, and real estate investment trusts. The common feature of all these is equity participation. The income received from shares is known as a dividend. A shareholder, also known as a stockholder, is a person who owns shares of a certain company or organization. The process of purchasing and selling shares often involves going through a stockbroker as a middle man.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Share

    shār, n. a part cut off: a portion: dividend: one of a number of equal portions of anything: a fixed and indivisible section of the capital of a company.—v.t. to divide into parts: to partake with others.—v.i. to have a part: to receive a dividend.—ns. Share′-brok′er, a broker or dealer in shares of railways, &c.; Share′holder, one who holds or owns a share in a joint fund or property; Share′-list, a list of the prices of shares of railways, banks, &c.; Shār′er.—Share and share alike, in equal shares.—Deferred shares (see Defer); Go shares, to divide equally; Ordinary shares, shares forming the common stock of a company. [A.S. scearusceran, to shear.]

  2. Share

    shār, n. the iron blade of a plough which cuts the ground.—v.t. to cut, cleave.—n. Share′-beam, the part of the plough to which the share is fixed. [A.S. scearsceran, to shear.]

Editors Contribution

  1. share

    To have, give or receive an amount of what we require.

    We share food each time we meet as a family.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 8, 2020  

  2. share

    To have, give or receive data, proof, income, money, information, facts or knowledge.

    When we have a family gathering we love to share time, love, laughter and fun.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 26, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'share' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1232

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'share' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1678

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'share' in Nouns Frequency: #242

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'share' in Verbs Frequency: #194

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  1. asher

  2. shear

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of share in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of share in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of share in a Sentence

  1. Ari Saperstein:

    I was really grateful, it helps you grow and talk to people who can share new experiences with you.

  2. Jonathan White:

    We share concern that I think everyone in this room feels. Anytime a child is abused in the care of ORR is one too many.

  3. Paul Hokemeyer:

    My awareness of myself and my own issues enables me to relate to and feel compassion towards the vulnerability of being human. Its is the thing we share and it gives us a strong foundation to build upon.

  4. Siyar Guldiken:

    We couldn’t live and share our grief as much as we wanted to, this stemmed from the insufficiency of the measures.

  5. Kenneth Miller:

    It’s just not in their DNA to walk away from market share.

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Translations for share

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  • نصيب, شاركArabic
  • escot, compartirCatalan, Valencian
  • podíl, akcie, sdílet, poměrná částCzech
  • del, dele, uddele, aktieDanish
  • Aktie, Freigabe, teilen, Anteil, TeilGerman
  • μετοχήGreek
  • dar, compartir, participación, acción, dividir, cuotaSpanish
  • akzioBasque
  • اشتراک گذاریPersian
  • osa, jako, osuus, olla yhteistä, jakaa, osakeFinnish
  • partabrævFaroese
  • part, action, partagerFrench
  • cuid, earrann, cuibhreannScottish Gaelic
  • מניה, חלק, לתת, לשתףHebrew
  • हिस्सा, बँटना, भाग, अंशHindi
  • részvény, részesedés, megosztHungarian
  • condividere, parteItalian
  • 分担, 分配する, 共有する, 分ける, 株, 株式, 共用する, 分担する, シェアJapanese
  • 공유하다, 몫, 나누다Korean
  • pāngaMāori
  • aandeel, deelDutch
  • aksjeNorwegian
  • część, akcja, dzielić, dzielić się, udostępniaćPolish
  • parte, partilhar, compartilhar, ação, dividir, repartirPortuguese
  • părți, distribui, împărți, parte, partaja, împărtășiRomanian
  • доля, разделять, разделить, делить, акция, распределятьRussian
  • dionicaSerbo-Croatian
  • délnicaSlovene
  • aktie, dela, andel, del, dela utSwedish
  • hisaSwahili
  • பங்குTamil
  • หุ้นThai
  • paylaşmakTurkish
  • поділитисяUkrainian
  • حصہ, شیئرUrdu
  • chia sẻ, có chung, phân phối, sẻ chia, đều có, phân chiaVietnamese
  • 分享Chinese

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