ration

noun
ra·​tion | \ ˈra-shən How to pronounce ration (audio) , ˈrā- How to pronounce ration (audio) \

Definition of ration

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a food allowance for one day
b rations plural : food, provisions
2 : a share especially as determined by supply

ration

verb
rationed; rationing\ ˈra-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce ration (audio) , ˈrā-​ \

Definition of ration (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to supply with or put on rations
2a : to distribute as rations often used with out
b : to distribute equitably
c : to use sparingly

Examples of ration in a Sentence

Noun The soldiers were given their rations for the day. The horse was fed its ration of oats. weekly sugar and butter rations Verb During the war, the government rationed gasoline. the region has had to ration water during times of drought
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many retail chains are continuing to ration supplies by placing strict limits on orders, while others are trying to find substitutes with little success. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Inside a typical ration box was macaroni, rice, oatmeal, canned meat, sweet and condensed milk, sugar, butter. New York Times, 2 May 2022 With inflation on the rise and supply chain backlogs, more families have been turning to food banks, forcing programs nationwide to ration supplies and cut services. Richard Galant, CNN, 1 May 2022 The remains of a meal were on his veranda and in his garden were Russian military ration packs and empty bottles. Tim Judah, The New York Review of Books, 28 Apr. 2022 Already the congressional stalemate over virus funding has forced the federal government to curtail free treatment for the uninsured and to ration monoclonal antibody supplies. CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 Already the congressional stalemate over virus funding has forced the federal government to curtail free treatment for the uninsured and to ration monoclonal antibody supplies. Zeke Miller, Chron, 25 Apr. 2022 Nearby was the leftover trash of an occupying army: empty wooden ammunition crates, Russian military ration packs and even life jackets, despite the fact that the troops were not close to water. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2022 Nearby was the leftover trash of an occupying army: empty wooden ammunition crates, Russian military ration packs and even life jackets, despite the fact that the troops were not close to water. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb University of Alabama at Birmingham officials have activated a plan to ration a key medical supply used in imaging and heart treatments in response to a global shortage caused by COVID-19 shutdowns in Shanghai, China. al, 7 May 2022 Health experts note that the circumstances forcing tough decisions about how to ration precious lifesaving resources is not a new one: what is new is having to make these tough decisions in the middle of a pandemic. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 30 Jan. 2022 Germany has already begun to prepare, recently initiating protocols to ration its energy. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2022 The title referred to the two days per week when, by order of the new government, Pakistani citizens abstained from eating meat to ration the cattle and goat supply. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 The lack of funding will result in the inability to purchase monoclonal antibody treatments used for COVID-19 patients and ration the current supply across the country. Natalia Jaramillo, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Mar. 2022 Some people have trouble paying for insulin, forcing them to ration it or go without, which can be deadly. Patrick Skerrett, STAT, 20 Mar. 2022 Though at least two years from fruition, the move could provide relief from high insulin prices charged by Eli Lilly, Sanofi-Aventis and Novo Nordisk that advocates say have caused some low-income patients to ration their insulin or skip doses. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Because the treatment was so limited, Vanderbilt was forced to ration it. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ration

Noun

circa 1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ration

Noun

French, from Latin ration-, ratio computation, reason

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“Ration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ration. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for ration

ration

noun
ra·​tion | \ ˈra-shən How to pronounce ration (audio) , ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of ration

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a food allowance for one day
2 rations plural : provision entry 1 sense 1
3 : the amount each person is allowed by an authority The government set a gas ration.

ration

verb
rationed; rationing

Kids Definition of ration (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to control the amount an individual can use The government rationed gas.
2 : to use sparingly Ration your water on the hike.

ration

noun
ra·​tion | \ ˈrash-ən How to pronounce ration (audio) , ˈrā-shən How to pronounce ration (audio) \

Medical Definition of ration

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a food allowance for one day

ration

transitive verb
rationed; rationing\ ˈrash-​(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce ration (audio) , ˈrāsh-​ How to pronounce ration (audio) \

Medical Definition of ration (Entry 2 of 2)

: to supply with or put on rations

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