donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity).
donate a piano to the orphanage
bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver.
bestow unwanted advice
confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor).
confer an honorary degree
afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver.
the trees afford shade
a development that affords us some hope
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. See More
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That will give buyers more chances to haggle once again.—Chris Isidore, CNN, 19 Jan. 2023 The Slam will also give amateur pickleball players an opportunity to compete in a challenge on March 31 and April 1.—Simrin Singh, CBS News, 19 Jan. 2023 The scrunchie-like fastenings over the uppers give this pair a distinct texture.—Gaby Keiderling, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Jan. 2023 At the elimination, Bananas and Nany give them their wish and send them straight in.—Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 19 Jan. 2023 When the ground is covered in snow, snowshoes give you the ability to move across the powder without difficulty.—Déjà Leonard, Popular Mechanics, 19 Jan. 2023 If the person in trouble is your own child, then by all means give rescue breaths as you were trained in your CPR course.—Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2023 But please give loved ones room for temporary discomfort.—Meredith Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Jan. 2023 This pan will give you an unmatched sear—not just in evenness, but also in the depth of that browning.—Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 19 Jan. 2023
The Index is based on the principle that tax systems favorable to business give states advantages in attracting new businesses and generating economic and employment growth.—Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Jan. 2023 Croatia had seemed to run out of rope at the end of the first extra-time period, when Neymar completed a lightning-speed give and go to score, giving Brazil a deserved, if delayed, lead.—Andrew Das, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2022 And that's essential for scientists trying to get the final word on the give and take of CO2 between the atmosphere and plants and soils that are being hammered by climate impacts.—Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2022 Another consideration hinged on the give and take that’s always a part of public funding: The Brimer financial pipeline, with the first bonds likely to be sold in November 2023, will close off some other revenue streams until the bonds are repaid.—Dallas News, 8 Apr. 2022 Maera has a predominantly cotton composition featuring polyester and elastane for extra give.—Calin Van Paris, Peoplemag, 20 Dec. 2022 Continue baking until cookies lightly brown and centers, when lightly pressed, have barely any give, 6-9 minutes.—WSJ, 30 Nov. 2022 And that’s kind of the give and take of play calling.—Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 11 Nov. 2022 And that’s where a lot of the magic happens and there’s a give and take there.—Andrew Gillis, cleveland, 20 Sep. 2022 See More
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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