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ra·tion

ration

 
 
pronunciation:
rae shn [or] reI shn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a fixed amount allotted by an authority, as of scarce goods in wartime; authorized share.
She used her entire week's ration of meat to make that special dinner.
similar words:
allowance, quota
definition 2: (pl.) fixed daily supplies, as of food to an army; restricted provisions.
The sailors were now getting only rations, and fresh water was running short as well.
synonyms:
provisions, supplies
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: rations, rationing, rationed
definition 1: to restrict use or consumption of (scarce goods) to authorized people in authorized amounts.
The U.S. government rationed tires during the war due to a shortage of rubber.In Britain, many food supplies were strictly rationed even after the war had ended.
similar words:
reserve, restrict
definition 2: to distribute (supplies, food, or the like) in allotted amounts.
In Britain, many food supplies were strictly rationed even after the Second World War had ended.
synonyms:
allot, apportion, distribute
similar words:
allocate, dispense, dole, mete
definition 3: to control the expense of (time, money, or the like); budget.
She rationed her strength by frequent rest.
synonyms:
conserve
similar words:
budget, save
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