There are 2 main definitions of share in English:

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share 1

Pronunciation: /ʃɛː/


1A part or portion of a larger amount which is divided among a number of people, or to which a number of people contribute: under the proposals, investors would pay a greater share of the annual fees required we gave them all the chance to have a share in the profits
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  • After all, the city contributes a major share to the State's revenues.
  • Two shares went to the captain, one and a half shares to the quartermaster, and one share each to the crew members.
  • How can a beneficiary group in need of drinking water be forced to contribute a share of the cost of water supply?
portion, part, division, bit, quota, allowance, ration, allocation, allotment, lot, measure, due;
stake, interest, equity;
helping, serving
informal cut, whack, slice, piece/slice of the cake, piece of the action, rake-off
British informal divvy
rare apportionment, quantum, moiety
1.1Each of the notional parts into which property held by joint owners is divided: Jake had a share in a large, seagoing vessel
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  • How can a partner protect his or her share of joint property?
  • The investment trust specialises in property shares and property assets.
  • This has not yet occurred; therefore, your husband holds the property or his share of the property in trust for you.
1.2 [in singular] The allotted or due amount of something that a person expects to have or to do, or that is expected to be accepted or done by them: she’s done more than her fair share of globetrotting
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  • One of the key arguments presented in favour regional government was Yorkshire's failure to receive a fair share of public funding.
  • Yes, the government takes a fair share of the stick but they turn right around and blame the actual crime on young people.
  • I hope you found at least a portion of my posts as informative, and laughed at a fair share of them as well.
1.3 [in singular] A person’s part in or contribution to something: she can’t take a share in childcare — she’s a nervous wreck
2One of the equal parts into which a company’s capital is divided, entitling the holder to a proportion of the profits: he’s selling his shares in BT
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  • Seats entitle their holders to buy and sell shares on the exchange floor, and brokers say the price is an important measure of market sentiment.
  • Holders of income shares got all the income earned from the trust, while holders of capital shares got all the capital gain.
  • The allure of these fund groups is that there are no restrictions on how often an investor can buy and sell fund shares.
3An instance of posting or reposting something on a social media website or application: there have been 25,000 shares on Twitter and 117 likes on Facebook as of 7:30 p.m.
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  • Do longer articles get more shares on Facebook?
  • Comments, "likes" and shares on Facebook, as well as retweets and favorites on Twitter, can indicate what topics and subjects your followers found interesting and valuable.
  • We work with brands that are about inspiration and find that quotes get more reactions and shares on Facebook that any other posts.


[with object]
1Have a portion of (something) with another or others: he shared the pie with her all members of the band equally share the band’s profits
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  • In the present case those communings point to the three parties sharing distributable profits equally.
  • Arrangement and general performance will each attract 40 points, with tone and rhythm equally sharing the remainder.
  • He was searching a field at Sutton-on-the-Forest with the permission of the landowner on the understanding that the proceeds of any finds were shared equally.
split, divide, go halves in/with
informal go fifty-fifty in, go Dutch
1.1 [with object and adverbial] Give a portion of (something) to another or others: they shared out the peanuts
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  • Yes, in certain circumstances the beneficiaries to a will can obtain a ‘deed of variation’ to rearrange how the estate is shared out.
  • ‘There isn't another team with two strikers up there so it's good that the goals are shared out,’ he said.
  • He added that he wanted to ensure that the defence reshuffle was shared out fairly throughout the UK and urged local MPs to make their opinions known.
1.2Use, occupy, or enjoy (something) jointly with another or others: they once shared a flat in Chelsea [no object]: there weren’t enough plates so we had to share (as adjective shared) a shared bottle of wine
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  • I was able to talk with him about his genre of music, the new album, who his musical idols are and who he enjoyed sharing the stage with most.
  • Now she enjoys sharing the house with her daughter Tanya.
  • The babies enjoy sharing a cot and seem to be happiest when side-by-side.
1.3Possess (a view or quality) in common with others: other countries don’t share our reluctance to eat goat meat
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  • But to then say that this is somehow proof of some kind of development vote as opposed to sharing a common view is open to different interpretation.
  • This will be achieved by learning from our past and sharing a common view with our suppliers of how to grow sales and lower costs.
  • He shares the common view that America's most significant mistake was to abandon the nation to its unhappy fate following the Soviet withdrawal.
1.4 [no object] (share in) (Of a number of people or organizations) have a part in (something, especially an activity): UK companies would share in the development of three oil platforms
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  • Not to share in the activity and passion of your time is to count as not having lived.
  • Special ceremonies would not be complete without participants sharing in a meal.
  • Teaching never was a profession to enter for big cash rewards but it did once share in the hierarchies it protected.
participate in, take part in, play a part in, have a role in, be involved in, contribute to, have a hand in, have something to do with, partake in;
have a share in, have a percentage of, have a stake in
1.5Tell someone about (something, especially something personal): she had never shared the secret with anyone before
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  • He told the boys: ‘I don't usually tell people,’ and they humbly thanked him for sharing something so personal with them.
  • Gradually he began sharing a few personal details.
  • Now I don't normally like sharing something this personal with the world because it's the kind of thing that can come back and bite you.
1.6Post or repost (something) on a social media website or application: the app lets you share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
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  • You can also embed video into Word documents, or share a document directly on Facebook.
  • Erika's been sharing the joy by sharing her pictures on Facebook.
  • On Facebook the article was shared 2,756 times, also generating tens of thousands of clicks.



share and share alike

Have or receive an equal share: we all share and share alike in camp
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  • Ironically, it was the Lewis and Clark expedition that gave York a serious opportunity to share and share alike in demands and responsibilities of men, white and black.
  • Just remember, it's share and share alike in the Fiore family.
  • Only one of them has the right one, and the three don't trust each other to share and share alike.

share a moment

see moment.



Pronunciation: /ˈʃɛːrə/
Example sentences
  • Flats appeal to people without kids - young professionals, sharers, retired couples and first-time buyers - whereas most properties with three or more beds and a garden appeal to families.
  • The sharers and I didn't have the best relationship in the first place, but when I managed to sell the house they were renting (which they knew was on the market), things became heated.
  • They shared stories of how they paint their cars yellow and cruise the streets looking for potential ride sharers…


Old English scearu 'division, part into which something may be divided', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schare and German Schar 'troop, multitude', also to shear. The verb dates from the late 16th century.

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There are 2 main definitions of share in English:

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share 2

Pronunciation: /ʃɛː/


Short for ploughshare.
Example sentences
  • Roman farmers used an ox-drawn, wheelless plough with iron shares or blades.
  • The shares comprise a cutting blade and a curved mould-board that physically inverts the soil profile.
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