give out

verb
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
Recent Examples on the Web After hospitals vaccinate frontline health care workers and CVS, Walgreens and the state’s strike force give out shots in nursing homes, seniors are the next priority. Steven Lemongello, orlandosentinel.com, "DeSantis says COVID-19 vaccine distribution will ‘ramp up’ after New Year’s holiday," 30 Dec. 2020 For Christmas, Lucille’s 1913 will give out 5,000 meals, their largest distribution in a single day. History & Culture, "Amid a hunger crisis, Houston struggles to keep food on people’s tables," 11 Dec. 2020 This is not an option, however, when natural retaining walls give out and ice suddenly avalanches, or lakes held back by glacial ice barriers break through and water surges down mountainsides. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientific but lyrical volume explores how the histories of glaciers and humans are intertwined," 6 Dec. 2020 In addition to pumpkins, the neighborhood will give out goody bags for both adults and children, with a special activities packet geared toward younger members of the family. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "At this drive-through pumpkin patch in McKinney, you can celebrate the season safely," 7 Oct. 2020 The clinic has been helping people navigate the health insurance system to become insured again, and has expanded its own food program to give out 250 boxes each month to families in need. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Free, affordable health clinics play crucial role in coronavirus pandemic," 1 Jan. 2021 On Tuesday morning, Cano Catalán was busy loading up boxes with chicken, pork, ground turkey, pasta and fresh bread to give out to coworkers before Christmas. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Amid pandemic, slashed hours and layoffs, Baltimore’s restaurant workers face lean Christmas," 25 Dec. 2020 Six guys are left with three more roses to give out (remember that Ben already has one). David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelorette' recap: Tayshia picks her final four hometown dates, rejected men clash at 'tell all'," 15 Dec. 2020 Community is one of five Indiana pilot hospitals selected last month to store and give out the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline medical staff, including in Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties. Meredith Colias-pete, chicagotribune.com, "Nearly 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses coming for medical staff this week, Munster hospital says," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of give out

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

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19 Jan 2021

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“Give out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give%20out. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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