American English

Definition of share verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they share
    he / she / it shares
    past simple shared
    -ing form sharing
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    use at same time
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] share (something) (with somebody) to have or use something at the same time as someone else Sue shares a house with three other students. There isn't an empty table. Would you mind sharing?
  2. divide between people
  3. 2[transitive] share something (among/between somebody) to divide something between two or more people We shared the pizza between the four of us. Rita shared her money out among her six grandchildren. Profits are shared out yearly. see also job-sharing, power-sharing
  4. give some of yours
  5. 3[transitive, intransitive] share (something) (with somebody) to give some of what you have to someone else; to let someone use something that is yours Eli shared his chocolate with the other kids. The conference is a good place to share information and exchange ideas. Bob told Jess he wanted to share his life with her. John had no brothers or sisters and wasn't used to sharing.
  6. feelings/ideas/problems
  7. 4[transitive, intransitive] to have the same feelings, ideas, experiences, etc. as someone else share something They shared a common interest in botany. a view that is widely shared shared values share something with somebody People often share their political views with their parents. share in something I didn't really share in her love of animals.
  8. 5[transitive, intransitive] to tell other people about your ideas, experiences, and feelings share something Men often don't like to share their problems. The two friends shared everything—they had no secrets. share (something with somebody) Would you like to share your experience with the rest of the group? The group listens while one person shares (= tells other people about their experiences, feelings, etc.).
  9. blame/responsibility
  10. 6[intransitive, transitive] to be equally involved in something or responsible for something share in something I try to get the kids to share in the housework. share something (with somebody) Both drivers shared the blame for the accident.
  11. Idioms
    share and share alike (saying)
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    used to say that everyone should share things equally and in a fair way
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: share