noun ra·tion \ˈra-shən, ˈrā-\

: a particular amount of food that is given to one person or animal for one day

rations : food or supplies

: a particular amount of something (such as gasoline or food) that the government allows you to have when there is not enough of it

Full Definition of RATION

a :  a food allowance for one day
b plural :  food, provisions
:  a share especially as determined by supply

Examples of RATION

  1. The soldiers were given their rations for the day.
  2. The horse was fed its ration of oats.
  3. weekly sugar and butter rations

Origin of RATION

French, from Latin ration-, ratio computation, reason
First Known Use: circa 1711

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

Rhymes with RATION



: to control the amount of (something, such as gasoline or food) that people are allowed to have especially when there is not enough of it

ra·tionedra·tion·ing \ˈra-sh(ə-)niŋ, ˈrā-\

Full Definition of RATION

transitive verb
:  to supply with or put on rations
a :  to distribute as rations —often used with out
b :  to distribute equitably
c :  to use sparingly

Examples of RATION

  1. During the war, the government rationed gasoline.
  2. <the region has had to ration water during times of drought>

First Known Use of RATION


Rhymes with RATION


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