give 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for give out


break, break down, conk (out), crash, cut out, die, fail, stall


start (up)

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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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Twenty participating police departments have given out approximately 660 coupons in a little more than a year. Dan Simmons, Washington Post, "Two years after Philando Castile’s death, programs aim to transform relations between police, residents," 8 July 2018 Number of free ticket vouchers the Marlins gave out to fans that stayed the entire game. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Tampa Bay Rays 9, Miami Marlins 6 (16 innings)," 4 July 2018 Each year, the award show typically gives out a Humanitarian Award that honors the philanthropic contributions of a celebrity who goes beyond their duty as an entertainer to do something that really matters., "The BET Awards Look Different This Year & Here's Why," 25 June 2018 The city — where overdose deaths, fueled by the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, surged more than 30 percent to 1,200 last year — has given out more than 100 kits since January. Fox News, "Retailers experiment with blue lights to deter drug use," 25 June 2018 Colonial Café will give out free ice cream from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 8 June 2018 But, so far, the center has given out 50 emergency kits to clients in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the fire-scarred Wine Country, new help for the blind in disasters," 3 June 2018 The city gave out the first ever Aurora Medals of Valor, as well as plaques, to 27 high school seniors in the city who joined up for active military service. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Lifelong Auroran is Memorial Day Parade grand marshal," 25 May 2018 Washington, on the other hand, gave out scholarships averaging $4,200 to nearly 70,000 needy college students last year. Betsy Hammond,, "Oregon denied financial aid to 2 out of every 3 eligible college students," 23 May 2018

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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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