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give

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of give

  1. 1 to make a present of <math tutors generously give their time to help students after school> Synonyms bestow, contribute, donate, give away, present, volunteer Related Words chip in, kick in, pitch in, throw in; award, confer, endow, endue (or indue), render; afford, comp, furnish, provide; lavish, regale; aid, assist, benefit, help; administer, dish out, dispense, dole out, hand out, impart, issue, mete (out); extend, fork (over, out, or up), offer, pay, proffer, pungle (up), put up, tender; sacrifice Phrases give of Near Antonyms hold, keep, pocket, retain, withhold; preserve, save; advance, lend, loan; sell

  2. 2 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another <gave my camera to my father to hold while I went swimming> Synonyms commend, commit, confide, consign, delegate, deliver, entrust (also intrust), give over, hand, hand over, leave, pass, recommend, repose, transfer, transmit, trust, turn over, vest Related Words confer, grant; assign, deal (out), dispense, disperse, distribute, divide; hand in, release, relinquish, submit, surrender, turn in, yield; bequeath, hand down, hand on, will; advance, lend, loan; furnish, supply; recommit, redeliver, regive, retransfer, retransmit Near Antonyms detain, hold back, reserve, withhold; own, possess; accept, receive, take in; occupy, take, take over Antonyms hold, keep, retain

  3. 3 to bring before the public in performance or exhibition <the author will give a reading from her latest work at 7:00 p.m.> Synonyms carry, present, mount, offer, stageRelated Words display, exhibit, expose, parade, show, show off, unveil; preview; act, impersonate, perform, play, portray; depict, dramatize, enact, render, represent; extend, proffer, tender

  4. 4 to fall down or in as a result of physical pressure <they loaded the shopping cart with so much food it gave under all the weight> Synonyms buckle, cave (in), crumple, founder, collapse, go, go out, implode, tumble, yieldRelated Words deflate, flatten, melt, melt down; break, break down, conk (out), crash, die, fail, give out, stall; burst, shatter, smash, splinter, split; crack, crumble, pop, snapNear Antonyms inflate, rise, swell

  5. 5 to hand over or use up in payment <I wouldn't give a nickel for such a run-down car> Synonyms disburse, drop, expend, fork (over, out, or up), spend, lay out, outlay, pay, shell outRelated Words lavish, rain; blow, dissipate, fritter (away), run through, squander, throw away, wasteNear Antonyms cache, hoard, lay up, save; acquire, earn, gain, garner, make, procure, realize, secure, win

  6. 6 to make known (as an idea, emotion, or opinion) <she gave her opinion on the matter very firmly and unmistakably> Synonyms air, expound, express, look, raise, sound, state, vent, ventilate, voiceRelated Words advertise, announce, declare, enounce, enunciate, proclaim, say; broadcast, circulate, disseminate, publish; describe, write, write up; sound off, speak out, speak up; chime in; communicate, convey, put across, put over; offer, submitNear Antonyms censor, restrain, restrictAntonyms stifle, suppress

  7. 7 to occupy (oneself) diligently or with close attention <totally gave himself to his studies in the hopes of winning a scholarship for next year> Synonyms address, bend, buckle, devote, applyRelated Words readdress, reapply; knuckle down, set (to), settle (down); busy, commit, concern, engage, involve; exert, exhaust, put out, spend, strain, stress, tax, trouble, wear out; carry on, pitch in, plunge (in); grind, hump, hustle, peg (away), plod, plow, plug (away), workNear Antonyms dally, dawdle, dillydally, fiddle (around), fool around, idle, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle

  8. 8 to produce as revenue <a company that consistently gives $30 million in profits to the owner> Synonyms bear, yield, pay, returnRelated Words bring in, net; afford, furnish, provide, supply; pay off

  9. 9 to put (something) into the possession of someone for use or consumption <gave him my e-mail address> Synonyms deliver, feed, furnish, hand, hand over, provide, supplyRelated Words ply (with); administer, allocate, apportion, deal (out), dispense, distribute, dole out, mete (out), parcel (out), portion, prorate; assign, cede, deed, make over, transferNear Antonyms conserve, keep up, maintain, preserve, saveAntonyms hold (back), keep (back), reserve, retain, withhold

  10. 10 to put before another for acceptance or consideration <she gave the committee her grant proposal> Synonyms extend, offer, proffer, tender, trot outRelated Words pose, propose; hold out; give in, submit; volunteerNear Antonyms accept, receive, take; accredit, approbate, approve, authorize, clear, confirm, finalize, formalize, homologate, OK (or okay), ratify, sanction, warrant; decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, reject, turn down, veto; rebuff, rebut, refuse, spurn; retract, withdraw; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

  11. 11 to cause (something) to pass from one to another <she gave her cold to me, and now I'm so sick that I can barely get out of bed> Synonyms conduct, convey, communicate, impart, spread, transfer, transfuse, transmitRelated Words deliver, hand over, surrender, turn over; broadcast, diffuse, disseminate, propagate; hand down, hand on; contaminate, infect, poisonNear Antonyms catch, come down (with), contract




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