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  1. ra·tion
  2. noun


    • 1. allow each person to have only a fixed amount of (a particular commodity):

      shoes were rationed from 1943
      Synonym : control, limit (to a fixed amount), restrict (the consumption of), conserve, budget, distribute, share out, measure out, divide out/up, apportion, give out, deal out, issue, allocate, allot, dispense, hand out, pass out, dole out, parcel out, admeasure
    • 2. allow someone to have only (a fixed amount of a certain commodity):

      they were requested to ration themselves to one glass of wine each
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: ration, plural noun: rations

    • v.: verb: ration, 3rd person present: rations, gerund or present participle: rationing, past tense: rationed, past participle: rationed

    • noun

      a fixed amount of a commodity officially allowed to each person during a time of shortage, as in wartime:

      an amount of food supplied on a regular basis, especially to members of the armed forces during a war:

    • verb

      allow each person to have only a fixed amount of (a commodity):

      allow someone to have only (a fixed amount of a commodity):

    • noun

      an official document entitling the holder to a ration of food, clothes, or other goods.
    • noun

      (on a sheep or cattle station) an employee who delivers supplies to workers on distant parts of the station:
    • noun

      a sheep which is killed for immediate consumption, especially by farmworkers as part of an allowance of food:
    • plural

      a type of canned food formerly used by US soldiers.
    • plural

      a small emergency supply of food.
    • plural

      an allowance of food and drink given to a worker on a sheep or cattle station:
    • plural

      a type of tinned food formerly used by American soldiers.
    • (of a medal) be awarded automatically and without regard to merit
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