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Noun: rationing  ra-shu-ning
  1. Restriction on the amounts of food, commodities etc. that can be use or purchased
    "during the war the government imposed rationing of food and petrol"
Verb: ration  ra-shun
  1. Restrict the consumption of a relatively scarce commodity, as during war
    "Bread was rationed during the siege of the city"
  2. Distribute in rations, as in the army
    "Cigarettes are rationed";
    - ration out

Derived forms: rationings

Type of: allocate, allocation, allotment, apportion, apportioning, apportionment, assignation, curb, curtail, cut back, parceling [US], parcelling, restrict

Encyclopedia: Rationing