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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All the awards will be given out throughout the show's 3 and a half hour broadcast. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here's How to Stream the 2019 Oscars Online for Free," 22 Feb. 2019 So NO Wi-Fi will be given out and disconnecting PS4. Tia Coates, USA TODAY, "Is refusing to give your WI-FI password at a family gathering a bad idea?," 29 June 2018 Over 60 tag sale sites will be located on the more than 300 maps that will be given out free at the Town Hall parking lot and in the center of town at the intersection of Main and Barton Hill. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 12 June 2018 Eddie Vedder’s new 7-inch vinyl single under Jack White’s Third Man Records will be given out with tickets to the Chicago Cubs game July 6 at Wrigley Field. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Eddie Vedder Vinyl Single Will be Released Exclusively With Chicago Cubs Tickets," 11 June 2018 The awards will be given out by Queen Elizabeth II or a senior royal acting in her place during investitures at Buckingham Palace. Fox News, "Queen Elizabeth II to honor Emma Thompson, Tom Hardy and Keira Knightley at Buckingham Palace," 9 June 2018 The batteries on the current cameras last 4 to 6 hours, while the new cameras, which will be given out starting next month, should double that, the department said. David Harris,, "OPD to get new body cams, soon after battery issue prevented recording of fatal shooting," 25 May 2018 Awards will be given out for judges, audience and festival choice. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: North x North Festival, ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ and Arctic Comic Con," 27 Apr. 2018 The child died Tuesday, said police, who declined to give out additional information. Christine Dempsey,, "Child, 5, Drowned In Stratford Family's Pool, Police Say," 5 July 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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