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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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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So Trump gave out false information that was inadvertently an indicator of war to Kim, and made more scary by the fact that North Korea couldn’t track where this thing was for multiple days. Alex Ward, Vox, "How Trump made the North Korea crisis worse," 12 Dec. 2018 The city’s red-light traffic cameras gave out more than 35,000 tickets last year. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "The region’s toughest red-light camera busted drivers 24,000 times last year," 4 Sep. 2018 In 1973, New York gave out its first gender-neutral civil service exam, according to the Policewoman’s Endowment Association, an official NYPD organization for women. Joseph Spector, USA TODAY, "New York may make 'fireman' and 'policeman' terms more gender-neutral in honor of women," 5 May 2018 The Arizona Education Association gave out water starting before the event began. azcentral, "LIVE updates: #RedForEd rally returns to the Arizona Capitol," 27 Apr. 2018 The Esser family gave out 80 tickets to friends and family who came to honor Todd, and Todd Esser's nephew and brother laughed as a video on the scoreboard showed players wheeling Todd around the bases at a practice. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "'He's right there with us': Louisville baseball honors late super fan Todd Esser," 22 Apr. 2018 Consumers shouldn't click on a foreign link or give out any personal information like credit card numbers, emails, or social security numbers. CBS News, "Trace Adkins says taking down impostors on social media like playing "whack-a-mole"," 12 July 2018 Law enforcement argues that giving out specific information would enable criminals to block or avoid detection. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Tempe police want to update cell tracking technology causing privacy advocates to worry," 26 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, the number of new cards given out has plateaued at nearly 67 million in each of the past three years, according to estimates from Mercator Advisory Group. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Lenders Share Their Underwriting Secrets With Credit Karma," 22 Oct. 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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