1 noun
1 (C) a fixed amount of something such as food or petrol that you are allowed to have, when there is not much available: the weekly meat ration
2 rations (plural) the food that is given to a soldier or member of a group each day: The expedition had sufficient rations to last them another five days.
3 have had your ration of to have had as much of something as you would expect or consider to be fair: We've had more than our ration of bad luck this year.
2 verb (T)
1 to control the supply of something such as food or petrol by allowing people to have only a fixed amount of it: Petrol was rationed during the war.
2 to allow someone to have only a small amount of something because there is not enough: ration sb to sth: We were rationed to two eggs a week.
— rationing noun (U) ration sth out phrasal verb (T) to give out supplies of something in small amounts: They rationed out the remaining water as fairly as they could.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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(of food or drink),

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