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Definition of "ration" []

  • A fixed portion, especially an amount of food allotted to persons in military service or to civilians in times of scarcity. (noun)
  • Food issued or available to members of a group. (noun)
  • To supply with rations. (verb-transitive)
  • To distribute as rations: rationed out flour and sugar. See Synonyms at distribute. (verb-transitive)
  • To restrict to limited allotments, as during wartime. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ration" in a sentence
  • "Student-teacher ration is about 8 to 1, and about one out of every five Skeners is of school age."
  • "RENEE MONTAGNE, host: In Cuba, everyone gets a basic monthly food ration from the communist government."
  • "Sure, superdestroyer, but to argue that they are passed on to consumers at anything close to a 1: 1 ration is equally foolish."