Definition of give
1 : to make a present of <give a doll to a child>
2 a : to grant or bestow by formal action <the law gives citizens the right to vote> b : to accord or yield to another <gave him her confidence>
3 a : to put into the possession of another for his or her use <gave me his phone number> b (1) : to administer as a sacrament (2) : to administer as a medicine c : to commit to another as a trust or responsibility and usually for an expressed reason d : to transfer from one's authority or custody <the sheriff gave the prisoner to the warden> e : to execute and deliver <all employees must give bond> f : to convey to another <give them my regards>
4 a : to offer to the action of another : proffer <gave her his hand> b : to yield (oneself) to a man in sexual intercourse
5 a : to present in public performance <give a concert> b : to present to view or observation <gave the signal to start>
6 : to provide by way of entertainment <give a party>
7 : to propose as a toast
8 a : to designate as a share or portion : allot <all the earth to thee and to thy race I give — John Milton> b : to make assignment of (a name) c : to set forth as an actual or hypothetical datum <give the dimensions of the room> d : to attribute in thought or utterance : ascribe <gave the credit to you>
Examples of give
She gave him a camera for Christmas.
Are you giving this to me or only lending it?
She has given money to many worthy causes.
They're asking people to give money for a new hospital.
Please give to our charity.
We already gave at the office.
It is better to give than to receive.
He gave me the letter.
He gave her his coat to hold.
He gave me a head start.
Origin of give
Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish giva to give; akin to Old English giefan, gifan to give, and perhaps to Latin habēre to have, hold
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of give
Definition of give
1 : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility
2 : the quality or state of being springy
First Known Use of give
Medical Definition of give
1: to administer as a medicine
2: to cause a person to catch by contagion, infection, or exposure
: to have a baby <gave birth last Thursday>
: to produce as offspring <gave birth to a daughter>
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