\ˈsher \
shared; sharing

Definition of share 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to partake of, use, experience, occupy, or enjoy with others

b : to have in common they share a passion for opera

c(1) : to distribute on the Internet … anyone you share a link with can share that link with someone else if they choose.— Jeremy Scott

(2) : to post to a social media platform It pulls in words and pictures from news and blog feeds as well as from links that your pals share on Facebook and Twitter.— Harry McCracken

2 : to grant or give a share in often used with with shared the last of her water with us

3 : to tell (thoughts, feelings, experiences, etc.) to others often used with with

4 : to divide and distribute in shares : apportion usually used with out shared out the land among his heirs

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


noun (1)

Definition of share (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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

2a : 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 shares plural, chiefly British : stock sense 7c(1)


noun (2)

Definition of share (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from share


sharer noun

Synonyms for share

Synonyms: Verb

partake, participate

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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

Examples of share in a Sentence


They shared the last cookie. We shared the money equally. The children need to learn to share their toys.
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First Known Use of share


1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for share

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

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The first known use of share was before the 12th century

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Financial Definition of share

What It Is

Shares are units of ownership in stocks and partnerships.

How It Works

The unit of ownership of a company is usually referred to as a "share." It is a single unit that represents equity in the company's capital structure. The owners of shares are called "shareholders." The distribution of shares in a company indicates the distribution of ownership in the company.

A share's value in a company or an investment is based on the price at which a share is sold in the market. One basic measure of a company's worth is market value, which is the number of outstanding shares multiplied by the price of a share.

Market Valuation = Number of Shares Outstanding X Share Price

Why It Matters

Investors are granted a variety of rights based on their ownership of shares in a company or investment. Most important, however, their shares represent equity in the company, and, as a result, may have tax consequences when their equity is sold.

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English Language Learners Definition of share

: to have or use (something) with others

of two or more people : to divide (something) into parts and each take or use a part

: to let someone else have or use a part of (something that belongs to you)


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Kids Definition of share

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a portion belonging to, due to, or contributed by one person I finished my share of the work.

2 : the part given or belonging to one of a group of people owning something together I sold my share of the business.

3 : any of the equal parts into which a property or corporation is divided 100 shares of stock


shared; sharing

Kids Definition of share (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to divide and distribute in portions We shared the last cookie.

2 : to use, experience, or enjoy with others The child would not share his toys. I share a locker with my friend.

3 : to have or take a part in I share the blame for what happened.

4 : to have in common We share a love of music.

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Legal Definition of share 

1 : a portion belonging to, due to, or due from an individual a joint tortfeasor is liable for her share of the damages specifically : the part allotted or belonging to one of a number owning together any property or interest the share of a joint tenant his share passed to his widow

2a : any of the equal interests into which ownership of something (as a fund) is divided specifically : any of the equal interests or rights into which the entire capital stock of a corporation is divided

b : a certificate representing such a share

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