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used in 1984 by Orwell

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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


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
  • 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.
    p. 71.8
rations = fixed portions of something allotted to people to limit how much each can consume
  • And sure enough, following on a gory description of the annihilation of a Eurasian army, with stupendous figures of killed and prisoners, came the announcement that, as from next week, the chocolate ration would be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty.
    p. 26.2
  • As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984.
    p. 39.4
  • Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week.
    p. 39.5
  • All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April.
    p. 39.6
  • With the tobacco ration at 100 grammes a week it was seldom possible to fill a pipe to the top.
    p. 58.5
  • The new ration did not start till tomorrow and he had only four cigarettes left.
    p. 58.6
  • It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grammes a week.
    p. 58.7
  • And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grammes a week.
    p. 58.8
  • The eyeless creature at the other table swallowed it fanatically, passionately, with a furious desire to track down, denounce, and vaporize anyone who should suggest that last week the ration had been thirty grammes.
    p. 58.9
  • One day a chocolate-ration was issued.
    p. 162.6
  • Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card.
    p. 267.6

There are no more uses of "ration" in 1984 by Orwell.

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