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ration

ra·tion

ration

 
 
pronunciation:
rae shn [or] reI shn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a fixed share or portion.
During the war, each family received a ration of food.
similar words:
allowance, quota
definition 2: (plural) a fixed portion of food for each soldier in an army.
The soldier received daily rations.
synonyms:
provisions, supplies
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: rationed, rationing, rations
definition 1: to limit the use or supply of.
The government rationed eggs during the war.
similar words:
reserve, restrict
definition 2: to give out in portions.
The government rationed out food for the flood victims.
synonyms:
allot, distribute
similar words:
dispense
definition 3: to control the spending or amount of; budget.
He rationed his money so it wouldn't run out.She rationed her strength by resting often.
synonyms:
conserve
similar words:
budget, save
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