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



    BrE BrE//ʃeə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃer//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they share
    BrE BrE//ʃeə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃer//
    he / she / it shares
    BrE BrE//ʃeəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃerz//
    past simple shared
    BrE BrE//ʃeəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃerd//
    past participle shared
    BrE BrE//ʃeəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃerd//
    -ing form sharing
    BrE BrE//ˈʃeərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃerɪŋ//
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    use at the same time
  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] share (something) (with somebody) to have or use something at the same time as somebody else Sue shares a house with three other students. There isn't an empty table. Would you mind sharing? See related entries: Renting a home
  2. divide between people
  3. 2  [transitive] share something (out) (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 somebody else; to let somebody 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 somebody 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. Please share this on Facebook and Twitter so we can get the word out. 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. Word Originverb Old English scearu ‘division, part into which something may be divided’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schare and German Schar ‘troop, multitude’, also to shear. The verb dates from the late 16th cent.Extra examples Each partner is entitled to share in the profits of the business. He shared in our enthusiasm for rowing. How do you share out three cakes among four people? Personal experience of childbirth gives a dimension of knowledge that others cannot fully share. Responsibility is shared between parents and teachers. She had to share a bedroom with her sister. She wished he would let her share his pain. The patterns are shared among the potters. These ideas are widely shared in the community. We shared the money equally between the three of us. an environment where information is freely shared experienced teachers willing to share their expertise with others Don’t try to do everything yourself: you will need to share the load with your partner. John had no brothers or sisters and wasn’t used to sharing. She shares a house with three other students. The old man shared his money out among his six grandchildren. There isn’t an empty table. Would you mind sharing? Tom shared his chocolate with the other kids.Idioms (saying) used to say that everyone should share things equally and in a fair way
    a trouble shared is a trouble halved
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    (saying) if you talk to somebody about your problems and worries, instead of keeping them to yourself, they seem less serious
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