Pronunciation: (rash'un, rā'shun),[key] —n. 1. a fixed allowance of provisions or food, esp. for soldiers or sailors or for civilians during a shortage: a daily ration of meat and bread. 2. an allotted amount: They finally saved up enough gas rations for the trip. 3. rations, a. provisions: Enough rations were brought along to feed all the marchers. b. Chiefly South Atlantic States.food or meals: The old hotel still has the best rations in town.
—v.t. 1. to supply, apportion, or distribute as rations (often fol. by out): to ration out food to an army. 2. to supply or provide with rations: to ration an army with food. 3. to restrict the consumption of (a commodity, food, etc.): to ration meat during war. 4. to restrict the consumption of (a consumer): The civilian population was rationed while the war lasted.