• Share


    • IPA: /ʃɛɚ/
    • Rhymes: -ɛə(r)

    Origin 1

    From Middle English schare, schere, from Old English scearu ("a cutting, shaving, a shearing, tonsure, part, division, share"), from Proto-Germanic *skarō ("a division, detachment"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱar-, *skar- ("to divide"). Cognate with Eastern Frisian skar, sker ("a share in a communal pasture"), Dutch schaar ("a dab, pair of scissors, claw"), German Schar ("band, troop, party, company"), Icelandic skor ("department"). Compare shard, shear.

    Full definition of share



    (plural shares)
    1. A portion of something, especially a portion given or allotted to someone.
    2. (finance) A financial instrument that shows that one owns a part of a company that provides the benefit of limited liability.
    3. (computing) A configuration enabling a resource to be shared over a network.Upload media from the browser or directly to the file share.
    4. The sharebone or pubis.


    1. To give part of what one has to somebody else to use or consume.
    2. To have or use in common.
      They share a language.
      to share a shelter with another
      • Miltonwhile avarice and rapine share the land
    3. To divide and distribute.
      • Jonathan SwiftSuppose I share my fortune equally between my children and a stranger.
    4. To tell to another.
      • 2013-06-21, Oliver Burkeman, The tao of tech, The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about , or offering services that let you... "share the things you love with the world" and so on. But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention.
    5. He shared his story with the press.
    6. (obsolete) To cut; to shear; to cleave; to divide.
      • DrydenThe shared visage hangs on equal sides.

    Derived terms

    Terms derived from share (verb)

    Origin 2

    From Middle English share, schare, shaar, from Old English scear, scær ("ploughshare"), from Proto-Germanic *skaraz ("ploughshare"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kerə- ("to cut"). Cognate with Dutch schaar ("ploughshare"), German dialectal Schar ("ploghshare"), Danish plovskær ("ploghshare"). More at shear.



    (plural shares)
    1. (agriculture) The cutting blade of an agricultural machine like a plough, a cultivator or a seeding-machine.
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