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
Recent Examples on the Web Oprah Winfrey has long been known as a generous giver. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Oprah Winfrey Gets Emotional Talking About $12M Donation To Food-Insecure Families," 21 May 2020 Care givers will be required to have at a minimum a Child Development Associates credential. Emma Kinery,, "Sanders Unveils $1.5 Trillion Plan for Free Universal Child Care," 8 May 2020 A few weeks after that, Lady Gaga, giver of infectious, dance-friendly bops, debuted a multicolor version on a plane back to Vegas for her concert residency. Claire Stern, Glamour, "Tie-Dye Sweatsuits Are the Leopard-Print Midi Skirt of Quarantine," 10 Apr. 2020 This is a fundraising initiative to collect donations that would then be funneled to care givers who don’t have the proper equipment. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "An at-home coronavirus test is now available to health care workers," 23 Mar. 2020 For most care-givers, however, these people are the enemy. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 The advantages to the giver are obvious: money saved by counting the donation as also fulfilling the obligation to buy a present; the satisfaction of feeling doubly charitable, and a tax write-off besides. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Friend fed up with pointless texts," 23 Dec. 2019 Assume that the gift-giver has the best intentions. Andra Chantim, Good Housekeeping, "Is It Really OK to Regift? Etiquette Experts Weigh In," 30 Sep. 2019 What happens instead: The person who receives a gift thanks the gift giver with the cash value of said gift. Jonathan Zeller, The New Yorker, "Suggested Revisions to Etiquette," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of giver

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Giver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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: someone who gives something to another person

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