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Meaning of “ration” in the English Dictionary

"ration" in British English

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rationnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈræʃ.ən/
a ​limitedamount of something that one ​person is ​allowed to have, ​especially when there is not much of it ​available: During the ​war, no one was ​allowed more than ​their ration offood, ​clothing and ​fuel.rations [plural] the ​totalamount of ​food that is given to someone to be ​eaten during a ​particularactivity and in a ​particularperiod of ​time, ​especially an ​amount given to ​soldiers when they are ​fighting an ​amount of something that you would ​expect to have: We've had more than ​our ration ofproblemsrecently.

rationverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈræʃ.ən/
(Definition of ration from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ration" in American English

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rationnoun [C]

 us   /ˈræʃ·ən, ˈreɪ·ʃən/
a ​limitedamount (of something) that one ​person is ​allowed to have, esp. when there is not much of it ​available: Rations of ​rice were ​distributed to the ​refugees.
ration
verb [T]  us   /ˈræʃ·ən, ˈreɪ·ʃən/
Even ​theirclothing is rationed.
rationing
noun [U]  us   /ˈræʃ·ə·nɪŋ, ˈreɪ·ʃə-/
food rationing
(Definition of ration from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ration" in Business English

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rationnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈræʃən/
a ​limitedamount of something that you are ​allowed to have when there is not much of it ​available: Each family has to make do with a ​weekly ration of ​gas. With ranchers ​reducing their herds because of high-priced ​grain rations, some see ​retail beef ​pricesjumping more than 10% next ​year.

rationverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈræʃən/
to ​control the ​supply of something when there is not much of it ​available, or to ​limit the ​amount of a particular thing that someone is ​allowed to have: ration sth to sth The garage was ​forced to ration ​gas to 20 ​litresperperson.ration sb to sth During the ​war, ​people were rationed to just 50 ​grams of meat a week.
rationing
noun [U]
the rationing of ​credit during the ​creditcrunch
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of ration from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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