1. a part of something that has been divided up among several people or groups

  2. one of many equal parts into which a company's capital is divided

    • He bought a block of shares in Marks and Spencer.

    • Shares fell on the London market.

    • The company offered 1.8m shares on the market.

"...falling profitability means falling share prices" [Investors Chronicle]

"...the share of blue-collar occupations declined from 48 per cent to 43 per cent" [Sydney Morning Herald]

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