give out

verb

Definition of give out

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  declare, publish giving out that the doctor … required a few days of complete rest — Charles Dickensb :  to read aloud the words of (a hymn or psalm) for congregational singing

  3. 2 :  emit gave out a constant hum

  4. 3 :  issue gave out new uniforms

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  break down, fail

  7. 2 :  to become exhausted :  collapse

Examples of give out in a Sentence

  1. that's information that I'm not prepared to give out

  2. this heater gives out a funny smell sometimes

14th Century

First Known Use of give out

14th century



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up give out? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to link together in a series or chain

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!