Meaning of SHARE in English


I. ˈsher noun

Etymology: Middle English schare, from Old English scear; akin to Old High German scaro plowshare, Old English scieran to cut — more at shear

Date: before 12th century

: plowshare

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English scearu cutting, tonsure; akin to Old English scieran to cut

Date: 14th century


a. : a portion belonging to, due to, or contributed by an individual or group

b. : one's full or fair portion

has had his share of bad luck


a. : the part allotted or belonging to one of a number owning together property or interest

b. : any of the equal portions into which property or invested capital is divided ; specifically : any of the equal interests or rights into which the entire stock of a corporation is divided and ownership of which is regularly evidenced by one or more certificates

c. plural , chiefly British : stock 7c(1)

III. verb

( shared ; shar·ing )

Date: 1590

transitive verb

1. : to divide and distribute in shares : apportion — usually used with out

shared out the land among his heirs


a. : to partake of, use, experience, occupy, or enjoy with others

b. : to have in common

they share a passion for opera

3. : to grant or give a share in — often used with with

shared the last of her water with us

4. : to tell (as thoughts, feelings, or experiences) to others — often used with with

intransitive verb

1. : to have a share — used with in

we all shared in the fruits of our labor

2. : to apportion and take shares of something

3. : to talk about one's thoughts, feelings, or experiences with others

• shar·er noun


share , participate , partake mean to have, get, or use in common with another or others. share usually implies that one as the original holder grants to another the partial use, enjoyment, or possession of a thing

shared my toys with the others

participate implies a having or taking part in an undertaking, activity, or discussion

participated in sports

partake implies accepting or acquiring a share especially of food or drink

partook freely of the refreshments

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.