Definition of ration verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ration

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈræʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræʃn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ration
BrE BrE//ˈræʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræʃn//
 
he / she / it rations
BrE BrE//ˈræʃnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræʃnz//
 
past simple rationed
BrE BrE//ˈræʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræʃnd//
 
past participle rationed
BrE BrE//ˈræʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræʃnd//
 
-ing form rationing
BrE BrE//ˈræʃnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræʃnɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] to limit the amount of something that somebody is allowed to have, especially because there is not enough of it available ration something Eggs were rationed during the war. These foods had to be strictly rationed. ration somebody to something The villagers are rationed to two litres of water a day. see also rationing Word Origin early 18th cent.: from French, from Latin ratio(n-) ‘reckoning, ratio’.
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