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Digital Technology. a combining form with the meaning “the practice of giving specific users access to digital documents or other online content”:
filesharing software; a video-sharing website.


[shair] /ʃɛər/
the full or proper portion or part allotted or belonging to or contributed or owed by an individual or group.
one of the equal fractional parts into which the capital stock of a joint-stock company or a corporation is divided.
Digital Technology.
  1. a digital file or document that can be accessed by specific users on a computer network, as for viewing, downloading, or making changes to it:
    I just sent you a share—can you improve the second paragraph?
  2. an act of sharing online content with specific users on a computer network:
    You can do a video share with friends and family.
verb (used with object), shared, sharing.
to divide and distribute in shares; apportion.
to use, participate in, enjoy, receive, etc., jointly:
The two chemists shared the Nobel prize.
Digital Technology. to give specific users access to (online content), as by posting it on a social-networking website or sending it as an email attachment:
to share photos on Instagram; a shared spreadsheet.
verb (used without object), shared, sharing.
to have a share or part; take part (often followed by in).
to divide, apportion, or receive equally.
Digital Technology. to give specific users access to online content:
You can share via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
Digital Technology. pertaining to or noting the practice of sharing online content with specific users on a computer network:
Add a share button to your site.
on / upon shares, on the principle of sharing the profits or losses of an undertaking:
They agreed to work on shares.
Origin of share1
1325-75; Middle English (noun) cutting, division; Old English scearu fork of the body, groin; cognate with Dutch schaar, German Schar troop. See shear
Related forms
sharable, shareable, adjective
sharer, noun
half-shared, adjective
nonsharing, adjective, noun
unsharable, adjective
unshareable, adjective
unshared, adjective
unsharing, adjective
1. allotment, allocation; contribution, assessment; quota, lot. 3. allot, parcel out, deal out, dole, mete. 5. Share, partake, participate mean to join with others or to receive in common with others. To share is to give or receive a part of something, or to enjoy or assume something in common: to share in another's experiences. To partake is to take for one's own personal use a portion of something: to partake of food. To participate is especially to join with others in some thought, feeling, or, particularly, some action: to participate in a race, in a conversation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sharing
  • In theatrical sharing companies three or more supernumerary shares are so called.
  • It was the common healthy sensibility of mankind which he found himself sharing.
  • In the mighty machine of the city each has his place, each is provided for, each gets the glow of sharing in the world's work.
  • Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its griefs and anxieties.
  • Sometimes an ailment is transferred to an animal by sharing food with it.
  • By and bye, some needy gallant hears of their practices and introduces them to a nobleman on condition of sharing the profits.
  • Travel's ultimate thrill may be that one special discovery-and sharing it with kindred souls.
  • sharing a family vehicle can reduce your fuel costs dramatically.
  • Now that you have the knowledge, sharing it with others is the best way to help protect the local wildlife.
  • Scientists around the world have discovered many things about our planet by working together and sharing their findings.
British Dictionary definitions for sharing


a part or portion of something owned, allotted to, or contributed by a person or group
(often pl) any of the equal parts, usually of low par value, into which the capital stock of a company is divided: ownership of shares carries the right to receive a proportion of the company's profits See also ordinary shares, preference shares
(informal) go shares, to share (something) with another or others
(transitive) often foll by out. to divide or apportion, esp equally
when intr, often foll by in. to receive or contribute a portion of: we can share the cost of the petrol, six people shared in the inheritance
to join with another or others in the use of (something): can I share your umbrella?
Derived Forms
sharable, shareable, adjective
sharer, noun
Word Origin
Old English scearu; related to Old Norse skor amount, Old High German scara crowd; see shear


short for ploughshare
Word Origin
Old English scear; related to Old Norse skeri, Old High German scaro
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Word Origin and History for sharing



"portion," Old English scearu "a cutting, shearing, tonsure; a part or division," related to sceran "to cut," from Proto-Germanic *skaro- (cf. Old High German scara "troop, share of forced labor," German Schar "troop, band," properly "a part of an army," Old Norse skör "rim"), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear).

Meaning "part of the capital of a joint stock company" is first attested c.1600. Share and share alike attested from 1560s. The same Old English noun in the sense "division" led to an obsolete noun share "fork ('division') of the body at the groin; pubic region" (late Old English and Middle English); hence share-bone "pubis" (early 15c.).

"iron blade of a plow," Old English scear, scær "plowshare," properly "that which cuts," from Proto-Germanic *skar- (cf. Old Frisian skere, Middle Low German schar, Old High German scar, German Schar, Dutch ploegschaar, Middle High German pfluocschar), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear).


1580s, "to apportion to someone as his share; to apportion out to others; to enjoy or suffer (something) with others," from share (n.1). Meaning "to divide one's own and give part to others" is recorded from 1590s. Meaning "confess one's sins openly" (1932, implied in sharing) is from "the language of Moral Rearmament" [OED]. Related: Shared; sharer; sharing.

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In addition to the idiom beginning with share also see: lion's share
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