ra|tion1 [ `ræʃn ] noun
1. ) count a limited amount of something, especially food, that you are allowed to have, for example when there is not much available or when someone else is controlling it:
They cut his daily ration of bread and water.
2. ) rations plural amounts of food that are provided for people who do not have enough or for people such as soldiers:
The organization will provide refugees with emergency rations.
3. ) singular someone's ration of something such as bad luck is the amount they are likely to have in their life
ra|tion 2 [ `ræʃn ] verb transitive
1. ) to control the supply of something such as food so that people are allowed only a particular amount:
During the strike, gas had to be rationed.
2. ) to allow someone to have only a small amount of something:
I've rationed myself to one candy bar a week.
,ration `out phrasal verb transitive
to divide something among people so that each one gets a small amount:
With only one PC in the classroom, the teacher has to ration out computer time.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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(of food or drink),

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