Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the part played by a person in bringing about a result
    they all did their share of the work
  2. (noun, act) the allotment of some amount by dividing something
  3. (noun, artifact) a sharp steel wedge that cuts loose the top layer of soil
  4. (noun, possession) assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
  5. (noun, possession) 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
  6. (verb, communication) communicate
  7. (verb, possession) give out as one's portion or share
  8. (verb, possession) have, give, or receive a share of
  9. (verb, possession) use jointly or in common
  10. (verb, stative) have in common
    The two countries share a long border

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Origin of the word Share

  1. "portion," O.E. scearu "a cutting, shearing, division," related to sceran "to cut," from P.Gmc. *skaro- (cf. O.H.G. scara "troop, share of forced labor," Ger. Schar "troop, band," prop. "a part of an army," O.N. sk?r "rim"), from PIE base *sker- "to cut" (see shear). Meaning "part of the capital of a joint stock company" is first… more
  2. "iron blade of a plow," O.E. scear, sc?r "plowshare," prop. "that which cuts," from P.Gmc. *skar- (cf. O.Fris. skere, M.L.G. schar, O.H.G. scar, Ger. Schar, Du. ploegschaar, M.H.G. pfluocschar), from PIE base *(s)ker- "to cut" (see shear). more
  3. 1586, to apportion to someone as his share," from share (n.1). Meaning "to divide one's own and give part to others" is recorded from 1592. more

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