A unit of ownership that represents an equal proportion of a company's capital. It entitles its holder (the shareholder) to an equal claim on the company's profits and an equal obligation for the company's debts and losses.

Two major types of shares are (1) ordinary shares (common stock), which entitle the shareholder to share in the earnings of the company as and when they occur, and to vote at the company's annual general meetings and other official meetings, and (2) preference shares (preferred stock) which entitle the shareholder to a fixed periodic income (interest) but generally do not give him or her voting rights. See also stock.

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  • In the early stages of childhood, children are learning by imitation and it is very important to set an example of how to share so they will work well with others

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  • In light of the tragic death of Steve Jobs, apple inc. shares have seen a 17% rise with the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+.

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  • Me and my girlfriend are together and that means that we share all of our life experiences with each other.

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