Definition of 'ration'

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Free healthcare and education were of little comfort when food rationing and poverty were all around. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Other posters encouraged buying war bonds, rationing or aid to refugees and soldiers. Smithsonian Mag (2017)A weekly ration of meat, she suggests, would cause less friction and inconvenience. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This nearly covered the cost of our weekly meat ration. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Over the following weeks his condition was monitored and the emergency rations gradually began to take effect. The Sun (2012)The present display provides meagre rations of all three. Times, Sunday Times (2015)What we did have was ration books and the freedom to roam. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This may mean rationing the air time of particularly garrulous individuals. O'Connor, Joseph & Seymour, John Training with N.L.P. (1994)There was a further echo of war recently when rationing was reintroduced across the county. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He had only a basic needs pack and emergency rations. The Sun (2011)The continued rationing of food was one way of sharing out what was essentially in short supply. Grenville, J. A. S. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)Riders fought for the meagre rations inside the small café. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It sometimes rations certain numbers already. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Each house had a ration book. Carlos Acosta No Way Home: A Cuban Dancer's Tale (2007)Many of my fellow carers complained about small cost savings such as rationing in the amount of cleaning foam we could use. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Malaysia has begun to ration the oil and India is poised to cut import duties. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The official ration allowance of twenty-four ounces of rice and vegetables a day was seldom issued. Max Hastings Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 194445 (2007)In many areas, treatments such as hip operations are already being rationed. Times, Sunday Times (2011)They were served a banquet of knowledge; we had basic rations. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Did she just think her trousers had shrunk, or she had been scoffing too many army rations? Times, Sunday Times (2012)They were down to two weeks' rations by mid-June. Aidan Hartley THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Memoir of Love and War (2003)What began as a protest by opponents of the Government against electricity rationing slipped into violence and clashes with troops, with rioters blocking main roads. Times, Sunday Times (2008)

Synonyms of 'ration'

supplies, stores, provisions, necessities

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Translations for 'ration'

British English: ration NOUN
When there is not enough of something, your ration of it is the amount that you are allowed to have.
The government has been distributing food rations for the past two months.
  • American English: ration
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ração
  • Chinese: > 配给量物资紧缺时的
  • European Spanish: ración
  • French: ration
  • German: Ration
  • Italian: razione
  • Japanese: 配給量
  • Korean: 배급량
  • European Portuguese: ração
  • Spanish: ración
British English: ration VERB
When something is rationed by a person or government, you are only allowed to have a limited amount of it, usually because there is not enough of it.
Staples such as bread, rice, and tea are already being rationed.
  • American English: ration
  • Brazilian Portuguese: racionar
  • Chinese: > 配给物资紧缺时的
  • European Spanish: racionar
  • French: rationner
  • German: rationieren
  • Italian: razionare
  • Japanese: 配給する
  • Korean: >공급량을 제한하다특히 식량이 부족한 시기에
  • European Portuguese: racionar
  • Spanish: racionar


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