When you ration your supplies, you dole them out a little at a time. A ration is also a wartime military meal, or the portion of food that someone is allowed in times of scarcity.

A ration is the fixed portion of food or other goods allowed to each person in times of shortages. In the military, a soldier’s meal is called a ration, especially if it’s portable. As a verb, to ration something is to allow each person to have only a specific amount. During times of war many things have been rationed: gas, rubber, luxury items, and food. If you are diabetic you need to strictly ration your sugar intake.

Definitions of ration

n a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)

Type of:
part, percentage, portion, share
assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

n the food allowance for one day (especially for service personnel)

“the rations should be nutritionally balanced”
field ration
rations issued for United States troops in the field
K ration
a small package of emergency rations; issued to United States troops in World War II
a canned field ration issued by the United States Army
Type of:
the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed

v restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war

“Bread was rationed during the siege of the city”
Type of:
circumscribe, confine, limit
restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"

v distribute in rations, as in the army

“Cigarettes are rationed
ration out
Type of:
allocate, apportion
distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

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