Etymology: Middle English schare, from Old English scear; akin to Old High German scaro plowshare, Old English scieran to cut — more at shear
Date: before 12th century
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English scearu cutting, tonsure; akin to Old English scieran to cut
Date: 14th century
a. a portion belonging to, due to, or contributed by an individual or group
b. one's full or fair portion <has had his share of bad luck> 2. a. the part allotted or belonging to one of a number owning together property or interest b. any of the equal portions into which property or invested capital is divided; specifically any of the equal interests or rights into which the entire stock of a corporation is divided and ownership of which is regularly evidenced by one or more certificates c. plural, chiefly British stock 7c(1) III. verb (shared; sharing) Date: 1590 transitive verb 1. to divide and distribute in shares ; apportion — usually used with out <shared out the land among his heirs> 2. a. to partake of, use, experience, occupy, or enjoy with others b. to have in common <they share a passion for opera> 3. to grant or give a share in — often used with with <shared the last of her water with us> 4. to tell (as thoughts, feelings, or experiences) to others — often used with with intransitive verb 1. to have a share — used with in <we all shared in the fruits of our labor> 2. to apportion and take shares of something 3. to talk about one's thoughts, feelings, or experiences with others • sharer noun Synonyms: share, participate, partake mean to have, get, or use in common with another or others. share usually implies that one as the original holder grants to another the partial use, enjoyment, or possession of a thing <shared my toys with the others>. participate implies a having or taking part in an undertaking, activity, or discussion <participated in sports>. partake implies accepting or acquiring a share especially of food or drink <partook freely of the refreshments>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.