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Usage statistics for the noun share:

spoken English21.62%written English78.38% imaginative writing11.3%informational writing88.7%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun share:

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Share is sometimes a misspelling of spare or sure.

The word share is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun share

What does share mean as a name of something?

Share is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: shares

  1. assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
    • example: he wanted his share in cash
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of share: part / percentage / portion
    • more generic word: assets = anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
    • more specific terms:
      • tranche = a portion of something
      • dispensation = a share that has been dispensed or distributed
      • dole = a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given
      • way = a portion of something divided into shares
      • ration = a fixed portion that is allotted
      • allowance = an amount allowed or granted
      • piece / slice = a share of something
      • split = a promised or claimed share of loot or money
      • interest / stake = a right or legal share of something
      • profit sharing = a system in which employees receive a share of the net profits of the business
      • cut = a share of the profits
      • allocation / allotment = a share set aside for a specific purpose
    • part of: earnings / lucre / net / net income / net profit / profit / profits = the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time
  2. any of the equal portions into which the capital stock of a corporation is divided and ownership of which is evidenced by a stock certificate
    • example: he bought 100 shares of IBM at the market price
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic terms: stock / stock certificate = a certificate documenting the shareholder's ownership in the corporation
    • part of: stock = the capital raised by a corporation through the issue of shares entitling holders to an ownership interest
  3. the allotment of some amount by dividing something
  4. the effort contributed by a person in bringing about a result
    • example: they all did their share of the work
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of share: contribution / part
    • more generic words: attempt / effort / endeavor / endeavour / try = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    • more specific word: end = the part you are expected to play
  5. a sharp steel wedge that cuts loose the top layer of soil

Alternative definition of the noun share


  1. A part of something.
  2. [finance] A financial instrument that shows that you own 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.
  4. [agriculture] The cutting blade of an agricultural machine like a plough, a cultivator or a seeding-machine.

Definition of the verb share

What does share mean as a doing word?

Share is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: shared | sharing | shares

  1. have in common
    • examples: Our children share a love of music | The two countries share a long border
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: overlap = coincide partially or wholly
    • more specific words:
      • partake = have some of the qualities or attributes of something
      • osculate = have at least three points in common with
  2. use jointly or in common
  3. have, give, or receive a share of
    • example: We shared the cake
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of share: partake / partake in
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
    • more specific term: cut in = allow someone to have a share or profit
  4. give out as one's portion or share
  5. communicate
    • example: I'd like to share this idea with you
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: communicate / intercommunicate = transmit thoughts or feelings

Alternative definition of the verb share


  1. To give part of what one has to somebody else to use or consume.
  2. To have in common.
  3. To divide and distribute


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  1. Share: In financial markets, a share is a unit of account for various investments. It often means the stock of a corporation, but is also used for collective investments such as mutual funds, limited partnerships, and real estate investment trusts.
  2. Share is the name for a closed-source P2P application being developed in Japan by an anonymous author. Since the author of Winny was arrested, Share was developed as its successor, also focusing on higher security. Share functions in much the same manner as Winny, using encrypted caches, file names and IP addresses, and is based on the same node-organized architecture as Winny.
    • genre: File sharing
    • license: Freeware
  3. SHARE Inc. is a volunteer-run user group for IBM mainframe computers that was founded in 1955 by Los Angeles-area IBM 701 users. It evolved into a forum for exchanging technical information about programming languages, operating systems, database systems, and user experiences for enterprise users of small, medium, and large-scale IBM computers such as IBM S/360, IBM S/370, zSeries, pSeries, and xSeries.
  4. Share is a Caribbean and Black Canadian community newspaper based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Canada's largest ethnic newspaper, Share has two times the circulation of any other Canadian newspaper serving the same ethnic community. It is distributed free of charge in many locations, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area.
  5. share: In computing, share is a command for MS-DOS that allowed software to perform file locks. Locking files became necessary when MS-DOS began allowing files to be accessed simultaneously by multiple programs, either through multitasking or networking.
    • also known as SHARE.EXE

Phrases with Share

Phrases starting with the word Share:

  1. share out
  2. share-out
  3. Share Dilution
  4. Share-in-Savings

Phrases ending with the word Share:

  1. to share
  2. Time-Share
  3. Usage Share
  4. Lion's share
  5. Market share
  6. Elective share
  7. earning per share

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Share

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Google previewBusiness Strategy, An Introduction (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Share: A share is a single unit of ownership in a corporation, mutual fund, or other organization. A joint...

Thus, a share is an indivisible unit of capital, expressing the proprietaryrelationship between the companyandthe shareholder. Market ...

Google previewThe Muhammadan Law (1875)

Being a Digest of the Sunní Code in Part and of the Imámiyah Code by Shama Churun Sircar

The second share is a fourth, which is ordained for a widow, — that is when a man dies leaving a wife married...

Google previewClimate Justice (2014)

Vulnerability and Protection by Henry Shue

individual share is much smaller than the amount of emissions for which wealthy individuals are now responsible and that using more than your own reasonable share means grabbing someone else's share (no extras, no slack, no cushion).

Google previewUsing Google AdWords and AdSense (2010)

by Michael Miller

Ad/Search share. The ad share is the percentage of time that an ad for your website appeared for the given query. The search share is the percentage of time your website (not your ad) appeared in the first page of search results for this query.

Google previewStudies in the History of Tax Law (2013)

by John Tiley

But, nevertheless, the share is a property in a fractional part of the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Accounting (2016)

by Jonathan Law

Share premiums received by a company must be credited to a *share premium account, which cannot be used for paying dividends to the shareholders , ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Economics (2016)

by Nigar Hashimzade, Gareth Myles, John Black

share. A part of the ownership of a *company. Shares may be held by individuals or other companies. Company law requires companies to treat all shareholders of any given type alike as regards dividends, or division of the assets on ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Banking and Finance (2013)

by John Clark

Share indexes therefore give an overall guide to movements in the financial markets. Examples include the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index ( FOOTSIE), the Nikkei-Dow Average and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. share issue A ...

Google previewDictionary of Management

Share (1) A part of something that has been divided up among several people or groups. (2) One of many equal parts into which a company's capital is divided.

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE ADJUSTMENT: A payment adjustment made under Medicare's prospective payment system,

DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE HOSPITAL: Any hospital or health care facility that serves a high percentage of ...

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Usage statistics about share

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun share:

spoken English21.62%written English78.38% imaginative writing11.3%informational writing88.7%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun share:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb share:


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Quotes about Share

i want to share your pain,
share my love,
share my heart and soul.
i want to give you all you want,
and all you need.
my love for you is stronger than you know,
so take this offer,
and never let go. (Jaqualen Roberts)
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Scrabble value of S1H4A1R1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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