ration meaning

[ 'ræʃən ] Pronunciation:   "ration" in a sentence
Noun: ration  rashun
  1. The food allowance for one day (especially for service personnel)
    "the rations should be nutritionally balanced" 
  2. A fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)
Verb: ration  rashun
  1. Restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war
    "Bread was rationed during the siege of the city" 
  2. Distribute in rations, as in the army
    "Cigarettes are rationed"
    - ration out

Derived forms: rations, rationing, rationed

See also: rationing

Type of: allocate, apportion, circumscribe, confine, fare, limit, part, percentage, portion, share

Encyclopedia: Ration

noun, verb

noun [C]


a fixed amount of food, fuel, etc. that people are officially allowed to have when there is not enough for everyone to have as much as they want:

Each family receives a daily ration of bread.

2 rations [pl.]

a fixed amount of food given to people who are in a place where there is not much food available:

6 000 boxes of emergency rations were sent to the area.

The whole country was on short rations.

verb [+ obj]

to limit the amount of sth that people are allowed to have, usually because there is not enough for everyone to have as much as they want:

The amount of email you can keep online is rationed.

We use price to ration other means of transport, so why not road use?

The population was rationed to 4 litres of water per person per day.

rationing // noun [U]:

Energy rationing has been introduced in many parts of the country.

credit rationing

(= limiting the amount of money that people are allowed to borrow)


ration sth out

to give a small amount of sth to people because only a limited quantity is available

n : a food allowance for one day
vt ra·tioned; ra·tion·ing : to supply with or put on rations


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  1. ration the remaining water out among the survivors
  2. many governments have tried to ration imports.
  3. the ration is the amount of feed offered to the pig daily.
  4. the urban-rural rations among females were not consistent.
  5. the soldiers complained that they were getting short rations.

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