\ ˈsher How to pronounce share (audio) \
shared; sharing; shares

Definition of share

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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 (something) on a social media platform Fans were also quick to screenshot and share the photo.— Yasmin Quaid The collective mind-set feels akin to that old adage about a tree falling in the forest: If you don't share it on Instagram, did it even happen?— Emily Farra 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 withshared 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 outshared out the land among his heirs

intransitive verb

1 : to have a share used with inwe 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 2a


noun (2)

Definition of share (Entry 3 of 3)

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sharer noun

Synonyms for share

Synonyms: Verb

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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

Verb 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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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Share.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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)



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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