ration (plural rations)
- A portion of some limited resource allocated to a person or group.
- 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 7, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
- The corn ration was drastically reduced, and it was announced that an extra potato ration would be issued to make up for it.
ration (rations, present participle rationing; past and past participle rationed)
- (transitive) To supply with a ration; to limit (someone) to a specific allowance of something.
- We rationed ourselves to three sips of water a day until we were rescued.
- (transitive) To portion out (especially during a shortage of supply); to limit access to.
- By the third day on the raft, we had to ration our water.
- (transitive) To restrict (an activity etc.)
- Our present health care system is rationed only to those who can afford it because of unnecessary high cost, lack of insurance coverage by 47 million people, and exorbitant prescription prices.