give out

gave out; given out; giving out; gives out

Definition of give out

transitive verb

1a : declare, publish giving out that the doctor … required a few days of complete rest— Charles Dickens
b : to read aloud the words of (a hymn or psalm) for congregational singing
2 : emit gave out a constant hum
3 : issue gave out new uniforms

intransitive verb

2 : to become exhausted : collapse

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Examples of give out in a Sentence

that's information that I'm not prepared to give out this heater gives out a funny smell sometimes

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The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that a city may not give out more to private sector companies than city taxpayers get in return. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Your questions about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Nike and the Goodyear plant deal, answered," 2 July 2019 In addition, receiving money requires only giving out an email address, not a bank-account number. Kurt Wilberding, WSJ, "Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: How It Stacks Up to Bitcoin and PayPal," 28 June 2019 Approximately 70 percent of the haul is still in the sample vault, 15 percent is in safekeeping in White Sands, New Mexico and the rest has been given out for research or display. Fox News, "NASA to open Moon rock samples sealed for 50 years," 26 June 2019 The goal is education, and only a handful of tickets are given out each year. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Head-on bike collision on Denver’s Cherry Creek Trail renews talk about speed and safety," 26 June 2019 But even giving out dozens of meme prizes a year wouldn't congratulate every bright idea. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "MTV's 'Most Meme-Able Moment' Honors Internet Culture—Barely," 18 June 2019 Uptick President Jason Lovoy said the firm has given out more than $200,000 in marketing services during the three years of the competition. William Thornton |,, "Magic City Marketing Makeover looking for non-profits," 15 June 2019 From the corner, Al thought his knee had given out. Chris Mannix,, "Fallout From a Knockout: How One Tragic Night Changed a Boxer's Life Forever," 13 June 2019 The panel met in 2018 and scrutinized why the state was slow giving out $237 million in federal community development grant funds received after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 for housing repairs. USA TODAY, "Black Union regiment flag, Notorious BIG, Pikachu the mini pony: News from around our 50 states," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of give out

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of give out was in the 14th century

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