giveaway

noun
give·​away | \ ˈgiv-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce giveaway (audio) \
plural giveaways

Definition of giveaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an unintentional revelation or betrayal
2a : something given away free specifically : premium sense 1d
b : the act of giving something away free staging a promotional giveaway
3 : a radio or television program on which prizes are given away
4 sports : an error or poor play that allows an opponent to gain control of the ball or puck : a mistake that results in a turnover As a team the Dolphins have committed a league-low 12 giveaways.— Jim Trotter

give away

verb
gave away; given away; giving away; gives away

Definition of give away (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a present of
2 : to deliver (a bride) ceremonially to the bridegroom at a wedding
3a : betray
4 : to give (something, such as weight) by way of a handicap

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Examples of giveaway in a Sentence

Noun

The way she looked at him was a dead giveaway that they were more than just friends. The store is offering coffee mugs as free giveaways to attract new customers. The store is staging a promotional giveaway to attract new customers.

Verb

the insincerity of his apology was given away by that slight smirk on his face gave away all her potted plants when she moved
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Others say the plan is a giveaway to developers and won’t really lower the cost of producing affordable housing. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Here’s what a plan to tackle climate change, density, and affordability looks like," 27 Nov. 2018 O’Connor and his Democratic allies have railed against the tax plan, casting it as a giveaway for the rich that exacerbates federal deficits and threatens Medicare and Social Security. Julie Carr Smyth, The Seattle Times, "Trump shadow looms over elections in Ohio, Kansas," 6 Aug. 2018 Dairy Queen will celebrate its fourth annual Free Cone Day with a giveaway of free small vanilla soft-serve cones. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Today Is the First Day of Spring 2018. Here’s All the Things You Can Get for Free," 20 Mar. 2018 The clip shows the entire family, as well as the president/CEOs of two nonprofits (United Way of L.A. and St. Joseph Center) that helped with the car giveaway. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Russell Westbrook surprises family with car he won as 2016 NBA All-Star Game MVP," 5 Jan. 2018 This giveaway is in celebration of the Louvre's 30th anniversary. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Airbnb is Giving Away One Night's Stay Under the Louvre’s Glass Pyramid," 2 Apr. 2019 The giveaway is for an Honor Play in Ultra Violet, with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld, "Giveaway: Win an Honor Play," 20 Mar. 2019 An Epic spokesman declined to comment on the giveaway. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "‘Apex Legends’ Is EA’s Move to Out-Fortnite ‘Fortnite’," 23 Feb. 2019 Learn helpful bike riding safety tips, get bicycle safety inspections, ride the obstacle course and enjoy giveaways. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Cultural festivals, birthday parties among top family events this weekend," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of giveaway

Noun

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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giveaway

noun

English Language Learners Definition of giveaway

: something (such as a movement or a facial expression) that clearly shows the truth or existence of something that had not been known
: something that is given away free
: an event at which things are given away

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