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Meaning of ration

ra•tion

Pronunciation: (rash'un, rā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. a fixed allowance of provisions or food, esp. for soldiers or sailors or for civilians during a shortage: a daily ration of meat and bread.
  2. an allotted amount: They finally saved up enough gas rations for the trip.
  3. Enough rations were brought along to feed all the marchers.
    1. provisions:Enough rations were brought along to feed all the marchers.
    2. Chiefly South Atlantic States.food or meals:The old hotel still has the best rations in town.
—v.t.
  1. to supply, apportion, or distribute as rations (often fol. by out): to ration out food to an army.
  2. to supply or provide with rations: to ration an army with food.
  3. to restrict the consumption of (a commodity, food, etc.): to ration meat during war.
  4. to restrict the consumption of (a consumer): The civilian population was rationed while the war lasted.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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