give

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

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for give

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

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Arasheben wanted to give them a sort of time capsule, an effort not lost on star forward LeBron James. Los Angeles Times, "Beneath the bling: Lakers championship rings feature many special surprises," 15 Jan. 2021 The trial could begin shortly after Biden takes the oath of office next Wednesday, but some Democrats are pushing for a later trial to give him time to set up his administration and work on other priorities. Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, Star Tribune, "Trump impeachment trial to focus on his attacks on election," 15 Jan. 2021 For those folks who have an interest in spinning but have yet to give it a shot, Millerleile promises Cycle Fly is a chill experience that caters around their needs. John Benson, cleveland, "Cycling studio Cycle Fly starts spinning in Lakewood," 15 Jan. 2021 Members of the panel had asked a court to give them more time to vet the candidates, but Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny ruled last week that state law required the appointment to be made by Friday. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Raphael Washington, deputy chief of jail and courts, named new Wayne County Sheriff," 15 Jan. 2021 Meredith’s parents had, at this point, become concerned enough about their son to call the Hiawassee Police Department to give them a heads-up. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "The Georgia Dad Who Said That He Wanted to Kill Nancy Pelosi," 15 Jan. 2021 Debbie, who declined to give her last name, was among those furloughed. Hanna Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, "Beloved restaurant Peach Farm used to be open until 3 a.m. — now it struggles to stay open at all," 15 Jan. 2021 These are pre-pandemic questions to give us a preview of post-pandemic life. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: A mother-in-law stays in a hotel because of her son’s comments," 14 Jan. 2021 More people are looking to build up their savings and prioritize paying down debt to give themselves a buffer to handle future expenses. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stimulus checks: Americans say financial stability depends on economic impact payments," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By contrast, Jalen Brown, a bright and gregarious 20-year-old undergraduate at Morehouse College in Atlanta, loves the give and take of those platforms. Washington Post, "A tweet got a promising Howard student in trouble. Perhaps the platforms, and not schools, should penalize users.," 8 Jan. 2021 In this case, the gelatin offers enough give for the needle of the 3D printer to slide through. Matt Simon, Wired, "This Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing," 23 Nov. 2020 The Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce is doing a live Facebook give-away of ten $100 gift cards each day, Saturdays Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Get your holiday mojo on with virtual and in-person events: Valley Views," 23 Nov. 2020 Animators turned to that physical version of Buddy for guidance, which led to a give and take between the two versions. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Move over, Baby Yoda! Jingle Jangle robot Buddy 3000 will steal your heart," 14 Nov. 2020 Once the dynamics of entanglement are clearer, scientists hope to comprehend how spacetime emerges, just as the microscopic movements of atoms in the air give rise to the complex patterns of thermodynamics and weather. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "Tangled Up in Spacetime," 26 Oct. 2016 The people of Alabama need to see a give and take, but the Majority Leader [ Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.)] does not allow that to happen. al, "Doug Jones says Biden hasn’t talked to him about AG job," 9 Nov. 2020 The absence of elastane and the give of the fabric were such relief. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Williamsburg Vintage Shops That Shaped My Style," 6 Nov. 2020 After Rodgers comes another Hall of Fame quarterback, Drew Brees, with the Saints (5-2), who beat the Bears 26-23 in overtime Sunday, then the shaky Rams again, and the Buffalo Bills (6-2), before the schedule offers some true give. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "With 49ers’ loss in Seattle, 2019 seems like a long time ago," 1 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'give.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of give

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for give

Verb

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

Noun

derivative of give entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about give

Time Traveler for give

Time Traveler

The first known use of give was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for give

Last Updated

22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Give.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for give

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.

Choose the Right Synonym for give

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.

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

giver noun

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on give

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

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!