give

verb
\ ˈgiv How to pronounce give (audio) \
gave\ ˈgāv How to pronounce gave (audio) \; given\ ˈgi-​vən How to pronounce given (audio) \; giving

Definition of give

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a present of give a doll to a child
2a : to grant or bestow by formal action the law gives citizens the right to vote
b : to accord or yield to another gave him her confidence
3a : to put into the possession of another for his or her use gave me his phone number
b(1) : to administer as a sacrament
(2) : to administer as a medicine
c : to commit to another as a trust or responsibility and usually for an expressed reason
d : to transfer from one's authority or custody the sheriff gave the prisoner to the warden
e : to execute and deliver all employees must give bond
f : to convey to another give them my regards
4a : to offer to the action of another : proffer gave her his hand
b dated, of a woman : to yield (oneself) to a man in sexual intercourse
5a : to present in public performance give a concert
b : to present to view or observation gave the signal to start
6 : to provide by way of entertainment give a party
7 : to propose as a toast
8a : to designate as a share or portion : allot all the earth to thee and to thy race I give— John Milton
b : to make assignment of (a name)
c : to set forth as an actual or hypothetical datum give the dimensions of the room
d : to attribute in thought or utterance : ascribe gave the credit to you
9a : to yield as a product, consequence, or effect : produce cows give milk 84 divided by 12 gives 7
b : to bring forth : bear
10a : to yield possession of by way of exchange : pay
b : to dispose of for a price : sell
11a : to deliver by some bodily action gave him a push
b : to carry out (a movement, facial expression, etc.) gave a cynical smile
c : to inflict as punishment
d : to award by formal verdict judgment was given against the plaintiff
12 : to offer for consideration, acceptance, or use gives no reason for his absence
13a : to suffer the loss of : sacrifice gallantly gave his life for his country
b : to offer as appropriate or due especially to something higher or more worthy gave his spirit to God
c : to apply freely or fully : devote gave themselves to their work
d : to offer as a pledge I give you my word
14a : to cause one to have or receive mountains always gave him pleasure
b : to cause a person to catch by contagion, infection, or exposure
15a : to allow one to have or take give me time
b : to lead or attempt to lead used with an infinitive you gave me to understand you'd be late
16 : to care to the extent of didn't give a hoot

intransitive verb

1 : to make gifts or presents gave generously to charities
2a : to yield to physical force or strain
b : to collapse from the application of force or pressure The canvas chair gave under her weight.
c : to undergo or submit to change for the strike to be settled, something has to give
3 : to afford a view or passage : open the window gives onto the terrace
4 : to enter wholeheartedly into an activity
5 slang : to be happening wants to know what gives
give birth
: to have a baby gave birth last Thursday
give birth to
1 : to produce as offspring gave birth to a son
2 : to be the source of
give chase
: to set off in pursuit
give ground
: to withdraw before superior force : retreat
give of
: to make available : provide generously freely gave of their time
give or take
: as an estimate accurate within (an amount to be added or subtracted) weighs 150 pounds, give or take a few pounds
give place to
: to be replaced or succeeded by optimism gave place to worry
give rise to
: to be the cause or source of : produce
give the gun
: to open the throttle of : speed up
give the lie to
1 : to accuse of falsehood
2 : to show to be false, inaccurate, or invalid
give tongue
of hounds : to begin barking on the scent
give way
1a : retreat
b : to yield the right of way
2 : to yield oneself without restraint or control
3a : to yield to or as if to physical stress The roof gave way under heavy snow.
b : to yield to entreaty or insistence After several hours of debate, the opposition finally gave way.
4 : to yield place Farmland has given way to shopping malls.
5 : to begin to row

give

noun

Definition of give (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility
2 : the ability of a material to bend or stretch The knitted fabric has a lot of give to it.

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Verb

give, present, donate, bestow, confer, afford mean to convey to another as a possession. give, the general term, is applicable to any passing over of anything by any means. give alms gave her a ride on a pony give my love to your mother present carries a note of formality and ceremony. present an award donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity). donate a piano to the orphanage bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver. bestow unwanted advice confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor). confer an honorary degree afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver. the trees afford shade a development that affords us some hope

Verb

give, present, and donate mean to hand over to someone without looking for a return. give can be used of anything that is delivered in any way. Please give me your coat. I gave a friend a gift. present is used when something is given with some ceremony. They presented a trophy to the winner. donate is used for giving to a charity. Some kind person donated the toys.

Examples of give in a Sentence

Verb

She gave him a camera for Christmas. Are you giving this to me or only lending it? She has given money to many worthy causes. They're asking people to give money for a new hospital. Please give to our charity. We already gave at the office. It is better to give than to receive. He gave me the letter. He gave her his coat to hold. He gave me a head start.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Consulting the internet doesn’t give a lot of options, either. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "What will Google call Android 10 Q?," 6 May 2019 As Peck points out at HuffPost, there are also less intuitive solutions, like raising wages to give people more incentive to work. Anna North, Vox, "You’ve heard that women make 80 cents to men’s dollar. It’s much worse than that.," 2 Apr. 2019 This product also includes beta-caryophyllene, a natural terpene (a plant compound that gives them specific aromas) that adds to anti-inflammatory effects. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 Donations are needed when no one else is giving them Disaster relief tends to happen in abrupt peaks. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Living on the road has given us a deeper appreciation for the simple beauty, pleasantness, and serenity that nature can provide for a human. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "Travel Influencers Share Their Favorite Things About #VanLife," 29 Mar. 2019 However, a ruling on February 21 by federal judge Kenneth A. Marra gave those who reported abuse by Epstein some hope. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 In any case, if someone develops RLS during pregnancy, the symptoms typically subside after giving birth, according to the NINDS. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 Continue for all of your eggs and give the tin a few gentle taps to allow the shaving cream to settle into any air pockets. Country Living, "How to Make Shaving Cream Easter Eggs for Your Most Colorful Holiday Yet," 15 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These acts go well beyond the normal democratic give and take, where parties battle over the rules of elections at the margins. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 Might the dynamics of the Trump-Pecker relationship provide insight into the perils of the continuing give and take between Trump and Putin? Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 Under the committee’s procedures, a deal is done by consensus — all members must agree, which often means a flurry of last-minute give-and-take. New York Times, "China and Russia Move to Cut Human Rights Jobs in U.N. Peacekeeping," 27 June 2018 Amid the give and take of foreign policy, the plight of a single American can seem small and secondary. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Bring Pastor Andrew Brunson Home," 6 Aug. 2018 The larger point is that once a tradition goes and a necessary give-and-take becomes a matter of narrow legal right rather than sensible accommodation, each side loses something. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Jim Acosta Hour," 19 Nov. 2018 There’s a certain give and take: A lot of gurus’ videos are inspired by other gurus, and some gurus will review or hype others’ brands on YouTube or social media. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, and the racism scandal upending the YouTube beauty community, explained," 28 Aug. 2018 That makes sense: Pyongyang has long called for give and take. Alex Ward, Vox, "North Korea is super pissed at Mike Pompeo and John Bolton — but not Trump.," 10 Aug. 2018 The annual give-away is sponsored by the Excell Marketing Corporation, a consortium of nearly 200 restaurant supply dealers to which Ramar Supply belongs. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "The Center's new commercial-grade kitchen to honor Homer Glen man who battled heroin addiction," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of give

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for give

Verb and Noun

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish giva to give; akin to Old English giefan, gifan to give, and perhaps to Latin habēre to have, hold

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give

verb
\ ˈgiv How to pronounce give (audio) \
gave\ ˈgāv \; given\ ˈgiv-​ən \; giving

Kids Definition of give

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to hand over to be kept : present He gave her a present.
2 : to cause to have Don't give me trouble.
3 : to let someone or something have give permission
4 : to offer for consideration or acceptance Can you give an example?
5 : utter entry 2 give a yell give a speech
6 : furnish sense 2, provide give support The candle gives light. I'm giving a party.
7 : pay entry 1 sense 1 She gave me 20 dollars for my old skates.
8 : to deliver by some bodily action I gave her a hug.
9 : to yield as a product : produce Two plus two gives four.
10 : to yield slightly The mattress gave under our weight.
give in
: to stop trying to fight I begged Mom for permission till she gave in.
give out
1 : tell sense 6 Don't give out your phone number.
2 : to stop working The car finally gave out.
give up
1 : to let go of He gave up his seat to an elderly woman.
2 : quit Oh, I give up trying to reason with you.
give way
1 : to break down : collapse The bridge gave way.
2 : to be unable to resist No one gave way to fear.

give

noun

Kids Definition of give (Entry 2 of 2)

: the ability to be bent or stretched The rope was tight, but still had some give.
\ ˈgiv How to pronounce give (audio) \
gave\ ˈgāv How to pronounce gave (audio) \; given\ ˈgiv-​ən How to pronounce given (audio) \; giving

Medical Definition of give

1 : to administer as a medicine
2 : to cause a person to catch by contagion, infection, or exposure
give birth
: to have a baby gave birth last Thursday
give birth to
: to produce as offspring gave birth to a daughter
gave; given; giving

Legal Definition of give

1a : to make a gift of I give the remainder of my estate to my wife — compare convey, sell
b : to grant or bestow by formal action the law gives citizens the right to vote
2a : to transfer from one's authority or custody the sheriff gave the prisoner to the warden
b : to execute and deliver all officers must give bond
c : to communicate or impart to another failed to give adequate notice
d : to offer or submit for the consideration of another give testimony in court
3 : to yield possession of by way of exchange
4a : to impose as punishment
b : to award by formal verdict judgment was given against the plaintiff

Other Words from give

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