give out

gave out; given out; giving out; gives 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
Recent Examples on the Web That’s about 5 percent of the $30 million the foundation gave out in grants that year., "An NRA group is holding gun auctions in schools, and opposition is on the rise - The Boston Globe," 5 Nov. 2019 There was also his last-place finish among 38 cars at Dover, where his engine gave out after only eight laps. Stephen Hawkins, Houston Chronicle, "Kevin Harvick has Cup title shot after 3rd straight Texas fall win," 3 Nov. 2019 So, what are some good options to give out this Halloween? NBC News, "Should you confiscate your kids' Halloween candy? We asked a dentist and a dietitian," 31 Oct. 2019 People are handing out smaller pack sizes for Halloween, with 85% of Americans who give out candy choosing miniature treats, according to the candy trade association. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "From doughnut candy corn to zombie Skittles, candymakers try to tickle trick-or-treaters with twists on classics," 30 Oct. 2019 Ecker made wanted posters, which he's given out to customers and put up in local businesses and even at the sheriff's office. David Williams, CNN, "Want free barbecue for life? Help catch the burglars who stole from this restaurant," 28 Oct. 2019 The amount of passes medical professionals gave out also sharply increased, according to Tijuana city officials. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Investigation into misuse of medical lane passes prompts potential changes," 21 Oct. 2019 Rewarding cosmic shifts in understanding might seem to be a normal day’s work for those who give out the Nobel prizes. The Economist, "Batteries, exoplanets, cosmology and cell biology win Nobel laurels," 12 Oct. 2019 During a meet and greet, the group was giving out memorabilia. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: Inside Treach Of Naughty By Nature And Cicely Evans's Stunning All-White Wedding," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of give out

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of give out was in the 14th century

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to spread as a report or rumor

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