Main definitions of share in English

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noun

  • 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’
    • ‘I began making new friends and every week I'd put a few pounds aside to pay my unfeasible share of the quarterly phone bill.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The former McShain property forms a major share of Killarney National Park.’
    • ‘In these countries, profits taxes contribute a large share of total revenue.’
    • ‘This surplus value is then distributed to the different sections of capital in proportion to their share of the total capital.’
    • ‘Each child is legally entitled to an equal share, but in practice male descendants are often privileged.’
    • ‘It can allow one person to contribute a larger share of the ideas than would be seemly in conversation.’
    • ‘A turnkey package would be offered in return for a down payment and a share of the profits.’
    • ‘She, like John, contributed a major share to tuberculosis knowledge and its control.’
    • ‘It is true that Western creditors have announced forgiveness of a substantial amount of their share of the debt.’
    • ‘The pitch then did garner its proper share of attention.’
    • ‘After all, the city contributes a major share to the State's revenues.’
    • ‘In general, both employer and employee pay a share of the contribution, which is divided into three elements.’
    • ‘The most contentious issue at hand: whether actors should be entitled to a share of the profits from video games that feature their voices.’
    • ‘On his death shortly afterwards, his two children received an equal share of the fund.’
    portion, part, division, bit, quota, allowance, ration, allocation, allotment, lot, measure, due
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    1. 1.1 Each of the notional parts into which property held by joint owners is divided.
      ‘Jake had a share in a large, seagoing vessel’
      • ‘The investment trust specialises in property shares and property assets.’
      • ‘But the scheme will allow them to increase their share of the property as their financial situation improves.’
      • ‘As well as a legal agreement, it is vital for all joint owners to make a will in which they stipulate who inherits their share of the property should they die.’
      • ‘How can a partner protect his or her share of joint property?’
      • ‘But what happens if one of the partners dies or wishes to dispose of their share of the property?’
      • ‘Traders said a strong performance by technology and telecom stocks and the narrowing of declines in property shares helped offset the overall losses.’
      • ‘This has not yet occurred; therefore, your husband holds the property or his share of the property in trust for you.’
      • ‘If you opt for tenancy in common and want to leave your share of the property to the person you buy with, you need to make a will and state this.’
    2. 1.2in 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’
      • ‘I hope you found at least a portion of my posts as informative, and laughed at a fair share of them as well.’
      • ‘That silence builds our prisons, and I'd contributed my own share of bricks and steel.’
      • ‘Western bishops have called for the west to be given a fair share of national roads and public transport money.’
      • ‘It still looks like Barbados will get a fair share of rains and high winds.’
      • ‘What can be done to ensure that the West will get a fair share of whatever development ensues?’
      • ‘Many tribes and African nations contributed their share of herbal and medical wisdom.’
      • ‘At the time, the council insisted Darwen got a fair share of council-funding.’
      • ‘The planters contributed their share to the problem by clearing their forested family lands to grow coffee.’
      • ‘She often takes up odd jobs of packing spices or fruits during the weekend to be able to contribute her share.’
      • ‘It wasn't completely my fault, for Ryan had contributed his share to the mess, but we both had to clean it up.’
      • ‘Yes, the government takes a fair share of the stick but they turn right around and blame the actual crime on young people.’
      • ‘The club has had a fair share of success both in the national and international arena since competing in 1948.’
      • ‘One of the key arguments presented in favour regional government was Yorkshire's failure to receive a fair share of public funding.’
      • ‘She drew a fair share of applause every time she appeared on stage, and made quite a few fans before the evening was over.’
      • ‘Those who study Canada have contributed their share of commentary.’
      • ‘A defender who thinks he cannot contribute his share is allowed to drop out, leaving the other defender with a quota of only two tricks.’
      • ‘Help is given to ensure Canadian writing gets a fair share of the market.’
      • ‘Everybody has to contribute his share to the execution of the overall plan adopted by the Government.’
      • ‘However, as the state government had not been able to contribute its own share for the past two years, it could not use the funds.’
      • ‘It's working class fathers who are more likely to take on a larger share of childcare responsibilities.’
    3. 1.3in 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’
    • ‘The allure of these fund groups is that there are no restrictions on how often an investor can buy and sell fund shares.’
    • ‘It intends to provide a facility whereby holders of 2,000 shares or less can sell them.’
    • ‘In addition, there are significant individual holders of blocs of shares and institutional shareholders.’
    • ‘Split capital trusts have two types of shares - income and capital.’
    • ‘He was perfectly entitled to buy the shares when he bought them.’
    • ‘With a mutual fund, investors buy and sell shares from and to the fund itself.’
    • ‘Under the share ownership plan employees were, broadly speaking, allocated equal numbers of shares.’
    • ‘With their high incomes they can progressively buy out the ownership shares of the passive capitalists.’
    • ‘Options enabled the holder to buy shares tomorrow at today's price.’
    • ‘In November he bought 18.75 million more shares and made a profit of close to €1 million.’
    • ‘The fund manager of an index fund sets up a mathematical model that buys and sells shares according to their weighting in the selected index.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Members could sell their shares but were also entitled to relinquish them at any time.’
    • ‘They want us to read brokers' reports before we buy shares and before we sell them.’
    • ‘For some investors, the small spread may not justify the costs and risks associated with converting currencies to buy and sell foreign shares.’
    • ‘Middlemen make profits by buying shares at a low price and selling them at a higher price.’
    • ‘Many of them allegedly raked in massive profits, selling their shares before the price collapsed.’
    • ‘Warrants convey on the holder the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a share at an agreed price in the future.’
    • ‘That means his companies have often used cash to buy back shares rather than boost capital spending.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘That photo proceeded to go viral, attracting over a thousand shares on Facebook and hundreds of retweets on Twitter.’
    • ‘Social media shares of your marketing content will give you real time feedback on what's working.’
    • ‘We have received hundreds of retweets and shares on Twitter and Facebook and the CCTV footage has been viewed over 3,000 times on YouTube.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the first three months after the startup posted the clip on YouTube last March, it racked up 4.75 million views - thanks in large part to shares on social media sites.’
    • ‘One of the recent articles had 4,000 shares on Facebook, was featured in the mainstream financial media, and appears to have reached about half a million readers.’
    • ‘Positive factors such as the correlations between social media shares and higher rankings earn a lot of attention.’
    • ‘Readers responded with Facebook "likes," social media shares and comments.’
    • ‘Do longer articles get more shares on Facebook?’
    • ‘We notice that websites with branded visuals get the most shares on Pinterest while also benefitting from the brand exposure of including their name in those shares.’
    • ‘As of this writing, the site's 'Tweet' button is showing over 13,000 shares on Twitter.’

verb

[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’
    • ‘The three were the best of friends at York and will no doubt enjoy sharing some liquid refreshment after tomorrow's showdown.’
    • ‘The grounds are spacious and invite the visitor to enjoy the quietude or share a picnic lunch with the whole family.’
    • ‘As a result, the IP clients as well as the application socket layer share the load equally.’
    • ‘Charlie Dixon and Johnathon Penn scored 27 unbeaten while the other 50 games were equally shared.’
    • ‘I happen to support equality and also a welfare state but too often these involve an idea that enough money, shared by enough people, will solve most problems.’
    • ‘This didn't stop us sharing a couple of bottles of red.’
    • ‘Under existing arrangements, Australia and East Timor would share royalty benefits equally.’
    • ‘I could not actually eat all this food at one sitting, but I'd enjoy sharing it with three or four companions.’
    • ‘The technical prizes were equally shared between the men and ladies.’
    • ‘Each mother was also asked how important it was for her family to take the time to eat together, and if the child enjoyed sharing meals with his or her family.’
    • ‘The two companies will share restructuring costs equally.’
    • ‘Also, under family law, couples who fail to arrange premarital contracts share the family assets jointly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The costs of the adjudicator are shared equally by the parties.’
    • ‘In the opposite case, the surplus was shared equally between the state and the lessee.’
    • ‘Arrangement and general performance will each attract 40 points, with tone and rhythm equally sharing the remainder.’
    • ‘The costs of an independent expert are normally shared equally between landlord and tenant, in accordance with a specific provision in the lease.’
    • ‘In the present case those communings point to the three parties sharing distributable profits equally.’
    • ‘Instead of sharing the rent equally, they decide to divide the total so that each person ends up satisfied with his or her combination of room and rent.’
    • ‘You equally share the responsibility for this dreadful crime.’
    split, divide, go halves in, go halves with
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial Give a portion of (something) to another or others.
      ‘they shared out the peanuts’
      • ‘While the medals were shared out in the track events, it was the same story in the field.’
      • ‘If you die intestate - without making a will - the intestacy laws decide how your money is shared out in England and Wales.’
      • ‘The responsibility is shared out and they've all been putting their shoulders to the wheel when required.’
      • ‘Labour members say the money is not being shared out fairly across the borough.’
      • ‘For once, however, the skewers had been properly soaked before they hit the grill and could therefore be politely shared out.’
      • ‘Four were shared out and the remaining 11 were consumed by Jack during the course of the night.’
      • ‘Whale meat and blubber is shared out locally, and a small amount is sold to pay for the upkeep of boats.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was then alleged that that money was shared out by a number of officers at my office.’
      • ‘Yes, in certain circumstances the beneficiaries to a will can obtain a ‘deed of variation’ to rearrange how the estate is shared out.’
      • ‘Without wasting time, the food was shared out between the strongest and everyone began to march quickly.’
      • ‘Fortunately, I think that most people don't spit publicly and recognise the fact that there are enough germs flying about without people deliberately sharing their own.’
      • ‘And parents still pay a lot of it, though the cost is shared out more than it used to be.’
      • ‘‘There isn't another team with two strikers up there so it's good that the goals are shared out,’ he said.’
      • ‘The takings were shared out among all those involved.’
      • ‘The club raised £3000 and shared this amount between the Church Restoration Fund and St John's Ambulance.’
      • ‘Numbers are shared out amongst vendors and if you want a particular number you may have to travel to get it.’
      • ‘There has already been a row over how the tickets for the match, three weeks today, are being shared out.’
      • ‘The other chores are shared out between the watches, as is typical on sail training vessels.’
      • ‘The cost of the pavement necessary to carry cars was shared out among all road users.’
      apportion, portion out, divide up, allocate, ration out, give out, distribute, dispense, hand out, dish out, deal out, dole out, parcel out, measure out
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    2. 1.2 Use, 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’
      ‘a shared bottle of wine’
      • ‘The band will also share the stage with Celtic Storm, who got their big break in the movie Titanic.’
      • ‘Okay, so maybe I do enjoy sharing a room with Ethan, but I'm not about to tell anyone that.’
      • ‘Now she enjoys sharing the house with her daughter Tanya.’
      • ‘Why do two people who share such a deep bond treat each other and everyone around them so badly?’
      • ‘Family can be defined by those in who occupy and share the home.’
      • ‘If you enjoy sharing a shower or bath, you're being environmentally friendly and halving your bills!’
      • ‘The one-bedroom ground floor flat and the house share a common entrance and a Japanese-style garden area.’
      • ‘Another student was forced to buy her own fridge, as the medium-sized one provided was shared by twelve other people.’
      • ‘The audience gets the feeling of eavesdropping on a prolonged conversation between two people who are sharing a special, very limited amount of time together.’
      • ‘The babies enjoy sharing a cot and seem to be happiest when side-by-side.’
      • ‘The couple are not going on honeymoon after the wedding but are looking forward to the possibility of sharing a room together once they are wed.’
      • ‘They share second place jointly with Doncaster, who were tipped off the top by Sheffield United.’
      • ‘These must be people who can share the same swimming pool, so to say.’
      • ‘We can only say that we have truly arrived when we also occupy and share the social centre with the predecessor cultures.’
      • ‘Visualize a world of peace and justice enjoyed by all who share our beautiful planet.’
      • ‘Jack finished for her, somewhat torn between getting out of the rain and sharing a painfully personal moment with someone he found himself liking more and more the longer he talked to her.’
      • ‘No one likes to share such a personal item, but situations often dictate that we do.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the heirs will share the property equally under Section 8 of the aforesaid Act.’
      • ‘At present, no rules for sharing Mrs Smith's personal electronic records are available, even though they are needed to implement joint assessments and other policies.’
    3. 1.3 Possess (a view or quality) in common with others.
      ‘other countries don't share our reluctance to eat goat meat’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The most important thing is to share the same personal values and priorities in life with your partner.’
      • ‘We find it much easier to identify with people who share some of our cultural baggage, values and preoccupations.’
      • ‘Coffey said that the successful women shared many similar personal attributes - which included steady determination and job commitment.’
      • ‘But a world-view that is shared by few people does not attain that solidity: it remains belief.’
      • ‘Anyway, some bright spark has come up with a search engine that lets you check a name against the register to see how many people in the UK share the same name as you.’
      • ‘He shares the common view that America's most significant mistake was to abandon the nation to its unhappy fate following the Soviet withdrawal.’
      • ‘In Scotland there are believed to be hundreds of people who share the same Romany ancestry and a similar language.’
      • ‘It's a great way to meet new people who share the same sporting passion and to pick up some new moves.’
      • ‘However it looked like not all people shared Mr. Oliver's enthusiasm about the race.’
      • ‘Unlike rallying flags or war cries these distinguishing marks could be personal and not necessarily shared by whole armies or divisions.’
      • ‘You sense that the brothers' pride in such an outcome would be more shared than personal.’
      • ‘Rather, it's that guilt is personal, rather than shared by all of a certain ethnicity.’
      • ‘All our examples share a common quality of utter shamelessness.’
      • ‘For the audience, it's a chance to share the performers' personal thoughts.’
      • ‘In fact it is a legitimate personality type that is shared by numerous successful people.’
      • ‘In interviews with the Daily Dispatch workers said they shared a common view and emphasised that they were prepared to fight to the bitter end.’
      • ‘Despite these inauspicious circumstances, it soon became clear that the two shared artistic and personal passions.’
      • ‘Both had an interest in Bulgarian folklore and noticed on their travels that this was shared by people in many other parts of the world.’
    4. 1.4share inno object (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’
      • ‘Special ceremonies would not be complete without participants sharing in a meal.’
      • ‘Thanks Dawson, for making this Christmas a special one for us and for sharing in the joy and warmth of this special time of year in this most special place on earth.’
      • ‘Not to share in the activity and passion of your time is to count as not having lived.’
      • ‘There are many more physically attending, but not sharing in schools' collective and dramatic improvement in performance.’
      • ‘They argue it is a matter of self determination, though their critics accuse them of trying to keep others from sharing in the oil wealth the bands possess.’
      • ‘In the absence of anything else, the day is just a series of personal tragedies repeated over and over again, with an entire nation sharing in the pain and the grief.’
      • ‘Nine local charities are richer today after sharing in the proceeds of this year's record-breaking Marriott Charity Ball.’
      • ‘The care and concern they have for each other comes from the affection that arises from their sharing in each other's rational activity.’
      • ‘Ward councillors are also sharing in the triumph.’
      • ‘So a lot of people feel that they're not sharing in the recovery.’
      • ‘Gone are the days of meeting in the club bar and discussing cricket and learning the game from hardened club players and sharing in their experiences.’
      • ‘Racegoers attending this years Galway festival could come away winning or sharing in one of the big Tote Jackpot pools.’
      • ‘The family thanks you sincerely for sharing in their sorrow.’
      • ‘He also suggested that Britain might allow Germany to share in the development of Persia.’
      • ‘The great challenge for Europe as a whole is how countries can preserve their national identity while sharing in decision-making with the rest of Europe.’
      • ‘I don't think they would mind me sharing in this forum.’
      • ‘Teaching never was a profession to enter for big cash rewards but it did once share in the hierarchies it protected.’
      • ‘Theophrastus shared in, continued, and extended Aristotle's activity in every subject.’
      • ‘York Wasps suffered their third pre-season defeat in as many games yesterday - but at least they had the consolation of sharing in a piece of history.’
      • ‘It spoke of a world coming closer together, of distances and differences overcome, of everybody sharing in the promise of the future.’
      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
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    5. 1.5 Tell someone about (something, especially something personal)
      ‘she had never shared the secret with anyone before’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've learned that many of us are not afraid to share some pretty personal stuff.’
      • ‘He told the boys: ‘I don't usually tell people,’ and they humbly thanked him for sharing something so personal with them.’
      • ‘Please share your own personal favourites in the comments section.’
      • ‘She thanked him for sharing such a personal story.’
      • ‘This little joke that had unfolded itself in front of us needed to be shared with as many people as possible.’
      • ‘You want to say something about it, to share some of your personal experience of it.’
      • ‘Anyway I just thought I would share this with the people who have supported me through this.’
      • ‘A useful analogy might be if a loved one shared something deeply personal with you, and you then posted it up on your blog the next day because, hey, information wants to be free.’
      • ‘Because in a world where the balancing of violence and power's more important than human relations, there's no place for real dialogue, for sharing something with another person.’
      • ‘My habits don't make a lot of sense, but it has never much mattered because they weren't being shared with another person.’
      • ‘In their letters to each other they shared their more personal hopes and fears.’
      • ‘People could not hold back their tears as women got together to share their touching personal experiences.’
      • ‘I am grateful to this person for sharing this with myself and her friends.’
      • ‘Inspired by your comments, I want to share more about my personal experience with the major banks in China.’
      • ‘I just thought it would be great if everybody on this site could share certain personal movie gems with all the rest of us.’
      • ‘We have a private board for sharing more personal information.’
      • ‘There was a sense of community as they braved the cold and shared their own personal and favourite memories of a woman whose life spanned all of the last century.’
      • ‘Gradually he began sharing a few personal details.’
      • ‘Thank you Sherri, for sharing such profoundly personal feelings.’
    6. 1.6 Post or repost (something) on a social media website or application.
      ‘the app lets you share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr’
      • ‘If you do happen to drop by, do take pictures and share them on our Facebook page.’
      • ‘Pinterest isn't just about sharing images with friends.’
      • ‘On Facebook the article was shared 2,756 times, also generating tens of thousands of clicks.’
      • ‘Fans can pin your Pinterest images and share them on Facebook from your page.’
      • ‘When your playlist is complete, you can share the link with friends or save it permanently for your own enjoyment.’
      • ‘If you're still slightly behind the times, Pinterest lets you organize and share all the fun stuff you find on the web, and browse through things posted by other people.’
      • ‘It's conventional wisdom that many people seeing an intriguing headline share the link with friends before or even instead of actually reading the attached article.’
      • ‘Erika's been sharing the joy by sharing her pictures on Facebook.’
      • ‘The vast amount of information shared on Twitter means that you're going to need some pretty powerful tools to cut to the chase.’
      • ‘Anderson recalled an advisor who told him he takes photos when he goes to conferences or events and shares them on his Facebook page.’
      • ‘In iPhoto, you can browse, edit, and share your photos in stunning new full-screen views.’
      • ‘An image can then be captioned and shared with friends on Facebook, Twitter or IntoNow.’
      • ‘You can post text or photos and automatically share them to Twitter or Facebook.’
      • ‘Most of the content gets shared on Facebook - 2011 saw this figure increase from 44 % to 52 % of all content shared online.’
      • ‘After making all the adjustments you'd like, you can share your creation through Facebook, YouTube, or email.’
      • ‘In the first 24 hours after he posted, the article was shared on Facebook more than 10,000 times.’
      • ‘Many sites will pull photos in from Facebook and other sites where you're already sharing your photos, as well as from your computer.’
      • ‘The latest feature is an add-on button for Twitter - so you can share files directly when you tweet.’
      • ‘The synergies between email marketing and social media are evident, particularly as email marketers explore the value of enabling their messages to be easily shared on social networks.’
      • ‘You can also embed video into Word documents, or share a document directly on Facebook.’

Phrases

  • share and share alike

    • Have or receive an equal share.

      ‘we all share and share alike in camp’
      • ‘This peer to peer, infinite disk space, share and share alike world keeps getting more interesting.’
      • ‘She explained the custom in her family was to share and share alike whatever you happen to have.’
      • ‘For example, when two different organizations occupy the same office facilities, it may be more effective to separate groups (two kettles, two enquiry desks, two filing clerks and so forth) than to insist that they share and share alike.’
      • ‘Just remember, it's share and share alike in the Fiore family.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Only one of them has the right one, and the three don't trust each other to share and share alike.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

share

/ʃɛː/

Main definitions of share in English

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share2

noun

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

Pronunciation

share

/ʃɛː/