giv·​er | \ ˈgi-vər How to pronounce giver (audio) \

Definition of giver

: one that gives : donor

Examples of giver in a Sentence

a giver of unwanted advice

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The important thing is to make sure the wording of the invitation notes that the gift-giver obviously has a choice. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Fiver Parties Are Better for Kids, According to Developmental Experts," 8 Mar. 2019 But the art of fundraising is there’s givers and there’s fundraisers and some people straddle it. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: RevUp CEO Steve Spinner on Recode Decode," 12 Nov. 2018 Younger givers who favor a more collaborative approach to philanthropy than their parents, and women in particular, are fueling the current growth. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, "What’s Behind the Surge in Giving Circles," 10 Feb. 2019 Some advice-givers dole out punishing slaps or withering rebukes; others ladle out cups of verbal hot cocoa, reassuring and soothing. New York Times, "Wisdom Dispensed With Slaps and Puns: A Sprightly History of Advice-Giving," 1 June 2018 Of course, what’s thoughtfully practical to the gift-giver could come off as lacking in cheer. Janet Adamy, WSJ, "Why Santa Plans to Leave Ice Packs, Bandages and a Defibrillator in Your Stocking," 23 Dec. 2018 There’s a growing consensus in development now that aid-givers should prioritize impact — spend their limited resources on the interventions that work the best, whatever those are — that wasn’t there 10 years ago. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "The problem with Jeff Bezos’s $2 billion gift to charity," 21 Sep. 2018 Humans seek emotional attunement and shared attention in order to align their psychological states with others of their species—initially parental care-givers, but eventually a wider network. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘Becoming Human’ Review: The Defining Neediness of Humans," 11 Jan. 2019 Research by Sutphin revealed that in addition to money, many kinship-care givers expressed needs for mental-health care, respite services and help navigating the social-services bureaucracy. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of giver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of giver

: someone who gives something to another person

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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