1. the full or proper portion or part allotted or belonging to or contributed or owed by an individual or group.
  2. one of the equal fractional parts into which the capital stock of a joint-stock company or a corporation is divided.
  3. Digital Technology.
    1. a digital file or document that can be accessed by specific users on a computer network, as for viewing, downloading, or making changes to it: I just sent you a share—can you improve the second paragraph?
    2. an act of sharing online content with specific users on a computer network: You can do a video share with friends and family.

verb (used with object), shared, shar·ing.

  1. to divide and distribute in shares; apportion.
  2. to use, participate in, enjoy, receive, etc., jointly: The two chemists shared the Nobel prize.
  3. Digital Technology. to give specific users access to (online content), as by posting it on a social media website or sending it as an email attachment: to share photos on Instagram; a shared spreadsheet.

verb (used without object), shared, shar·ing.

  1. to have a share or part; take part (often followed by in).
  2. to divide, apportion, or receive equally.
  3. Digital Technology. to give specific users access to online content: You can share via email, Facebook, or Twitter.


  1. Digital Technology. noting or relating to the practice of sharing online content with specific users on a computer network: Add a share button to your site.


  1. on/upon shares, on the principle of sharing the profits or losses of an undertaking: They agreed to work on shares.


  1. a plowshare.


  1. a part or portion of something owned, allotted to, or contributed by a person or group
  2. (often plural) any of the equal parts, usually of low par value, into which the capital stock of a company is divided: ownership of shares carries the right to receive a proportion of the company’s profitsSee also ordinary shares, preference shares
  3. go shares informal to share (something) with another or others


  1. (tr often foll by out) to divide or apportion, esp equally
  2. (when intr, often foll by in) to receive or contribute a portion ofwe can share the cost of the petrol; six people shared in the inheritance
  3. to join with another or others in the use of (something)can I share your umbrella?


  1. short for ploughshare

n.1“portion,” Old English scearu “a cutting, shearing, tonsure; a part or division,” related to sceran “to cut,” from Proto-Germanic *skaro- (cf. Old High German scara “troop, share of forced labor,” German Schar “troop, band,” properly “a part of an army,” Old Norse skör “rim”), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) “to cut” (see shear). Meaning “part of the capital of a joint stock company” is first attested c.1600. Share and share alike attested from 1560s. The same Old English noun in the sense “division” led to an obsolete noun share “fork (‘division’) of the body at the groin; pubic region” (late Old English and Middle English); hence share-bone “pubis” (early 15c.). n.2“iron blade of a plow,” Old English scear, scær “plowshare,” properly “that which cuts,” from Proto-Germanic *skar- (cf. Old Frisian skere, Middle Low German schar, Old High German scar, German Schar, Dutch ploegschaar, Middle High German pfluocschar), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) “to cut” (see shear). v.1580s, “to apportion to someone as his share; to apportion out to others; to enjoy or suffer (something) with others,” from share (n.1). Meaning “to divide one’s own and give part to others” is recorded from 1590s. Meaning “confess one’s sins openly” (1932, implied in sharing) is from “the language of Moral Rearmament” [OED]. Related: Shared; sharer; sharing. The units of stock that represent ownership in a corporation. In addition to the idiom beginning with share

  • share and share alike
  • also see:

  • lion’s share
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