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Definition verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

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noun:  a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
  • Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
rationed = restricted in the amount each person would have
  • Military rations are nutritionally balanced.
  • rations = fixed portions of food
  • During the Second World War, products such as food and gasoline were rationed in the United States, so more resources could be devoted to the war effort.
  • rationed = restricted in the amount each person could have
  • Bread was rationed during the siege of the city.
  • rationed = restricted in the amount people could have
  • Most rationing is done through price, but that doesn't work very well in emergency health care.
  • rationing = restricting the amount of something each person can have when more is wanted than is available
  • ...don't give your ration of bread and soup to your old father. There's nothing you can do for him. And you're killing yourself.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • ration = a fixed portion of food given as a share
  • Randy had carefully rationed salt since he was shocked, in July, to discover how few pounds were left.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • rationed = restricted the amount used of something
  • ...took a look at his ration, weighing it in his hand and hastily calculating whether it reached the regulation sixteen ounces.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • ration = a fixed portion of food given as a share
  • Because rations were halved for sick men who were unable to work, the ill couldn't recover.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • rations = a fixed portion of food given as a share
  • Better set aside some of my rations for Bep.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • rations = a fixed portion of something given as a person's share when there is a shortage
  • Camp officials stole the rations, and the captives wasted away.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken - adapted for young adults
  • rations = a fixed portion of food for each person
  • ...there is a double ration of sausage and bread.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • ration = a fixed portion of food given as a share
  • Even when rationing started later in the year, she was known to sell certain hard-to-get items under the counter and donate the money to the Nazi Party.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • rationing = restricting the amount of some things people can have due to not having as much as normal
  • I can't pay y'all till the end of the year, but you can draw rations and clothing from the store.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • rations = a fixed portions of food
  • The real trouble is water. ... On short rations, half a pint a day each, we've got enough for twelve days.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • rations = a fixed portion of something given as a share
  • We've been using too much electricity and have now exceeded our ration.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • ration = a fixed portion of something given as a person's share when there is a shortage
  • Peewee looked out over the trucks, which were mostly packed with crates of rations and supplies.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • rations = fixed portions of food given as a share
  • Henry Dobbins, who was a big man, carried extra rations; he was especially fond of canned peaches in heavy syrup over pound cake.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • rations = fixed portions of food
  • All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working-hours or shorter rations.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • rations = fixed portions of something allotted to people to limit how much each can consume
  • All Dutch people will be issued new ration registration cards.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
ration = (related to) restricting the amount of goods people can have due to a shortage

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