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

      

    share

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ʃeə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃer//
     
    Economy
     
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    part/amount of something
  1. 1  [countable, usually singular] share (of/in something) one part of something that is divided between two or more people How much was your share of the winnings? Next year we hope to have a bigger share of the market. (British English) I'm looking for a flat share (= a flat that is shared by two or more people who are not related). see also market share, timeshare
  2. 2  [singular] the part that somebody has in a particular activity that involves several people We all did our share. share of something Everyone must accept their share of the blame.
  3. 3  [singular] share (of something) an amount of something that is thought to be normal or acceptable for one person I've had my share of luck in the past. I've done my share of worrying for one day!
  4. in business
  5. 4  [countable] share (in something) any of the units of equal value into which a company is divided and sold to raise money. People who own shares receive part of the company’s profits. shares in British Telecom a fall in share prices share capital a share certificate compare stock see also ordinary share Wordfinderasset, bond, capital, dividend, equity, fund, interest, invest, portfolio, share See related entries: Economy
  6. farm equipment
  7. 5[countable] (North American English) = ploughshare
  8. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 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 American shares rose 2.7% the next day. Broadcast networks are losing share to cable networks. Everyone seems to want to get into television to claim their share of fame and fortune. Everyone wants to claim their share of fame and fortune. He had done his share of partying in college. Hong Kong share prices plunged. Hospitals take the lion’s share of the NHS budget. I accept my share of the blame. I have a few shares in the gas compny. I have some money in stocks and shares. I’ve got a few shares in BAE Systems. She has seen her share of suffering. She may be entitled to a share of his future earnings. She won a share of the spoils at the last competition. The Chief Executive’s share option has earned him over £2 million. The company has issued four classes of shares. The company’s market share slipped to under 15% last month. The company’s shares slumped 11%. The government devotes a disproportionate share of the budget to military expenditure. The group recently announced a £300 m share buy-back. The industry has had its fair share of problems. The region receives a higher share of tax revenue than it raises. The shares were trading at $1.10. The supermarket giant has continued to gain market share. The wife owns an 80% share of their second home. We must all do our share of the work. Will this affect the value of my shares? You should receive a large share of the profits. a modest share of total exports a new company dealing in US shares a reduced share of the vote allegations of illegal share dealings the FTSE 100 share index to lose market share I’m hoping for a share in the profits. I’ve done my share of worrying for one day! I’ve had my share of luck in the past.Idioms
    (more than) your fair share of something
     
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    (more than) an amount of something that is considered to be reasonable or acceptable He has more than his fair share of problems. I've had my fair share of success in the past.
    the lion’s share (of something)
     
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    the largest or best part of something when it is divided
    a piece/slice/share of the pie
     
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    a share of something such as money, profits, etc.
    a slice/share of the cake (British English) (North American English a piece/slice/share of the pie)
     
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    a share of the available money or benefits that you believe you have a right to Scotland is demanding a larger slice of the national cake.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: share