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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHARES

The essence of freedom is that each of us shares in the shaping of his own destiny.

"I'll let you in on some shares," Watts called after him as he turned away.

To any one who shares the faith I have been developing in this book, what I mean will be evident.

My dear Quinn, some members of the Cabinet have shares in armament works.

First you worry me to take the shares, and then you worry me not—I won't have it, Nell, I won't have it!

Understand once for all that I shall take two thousand shares in this mine.

I'm very anxious for Tom to take the shares if you say the thing's so good.

I did n't want him to take these shares; I told him so in so many words.

I was telling him I have shares in a currant-farm near Calamata.

Yes; and Charles was talking to him about stocks and shares, and he looked frightened.

WORD ORIGIN

"portion," Old English scearu "a cutting, shearing, tonsure; a part or division," related to sceran "to cut," from Proto-Germanic *skaro- (cf. Old High German scara "troop, share of forced labor," German Schar "troop, band," properly "a part of an army," Old Norse skör "rim"), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear).

Meaning "part of the capital of a joint stock company" is first attested c.1600. Share and share alike attested from 1560s. The same Old English noun in the sense "division" led to an obsolete noun share "fork ('division') of the body at the groin; pubic region" (late Old English and Middle English); hence share-bone "pubis" (early 15c.).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.