giveaway

noun
give·​away | \ ˈgiv-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce giveaway (audio) \
plural giveaways

Definition of giveaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an unintentional revelation or betrayal
2a : something given away free specifically : premium sense 1d
b : the act of giving something away free staging a promotional giveaway
3 : a radio or television program on which prizes are given away
4 sports : an error or poor play that allows an opponent to gain control of the ball or puck : a mistake that results in a turnover As a team the Dolphins have committed a league-low 12 giveaways.— Jim Trotter

give away

verb
gave away; given away; giving away; gives away

Definition of give away (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a present of
2 : to deliver (a bride) ceremonially to the bridegroom at a wedding
3a : betray
4 : to give (something, such as weight) by way of a handicap

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Examples of giveaway in a Sentence

Noun

The way she looked at him was a dead giveaway that they were more than just friends. The store is offering coffee mugs as free giveaways to attract new customers. The store is staging a promotional giveaway to attract new customers.

Verb

the insincerity of his apology was given away by that slight smirk on his face gave away all her potted plants when she moved
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But Mayor Ras Baraka said the water giveaway is out of an abundance of caution. Don Dahler, CBS News, ""Fix it!": Newark residents concerned over lead in water supply," 12 Aug. 2019 The giveaway is part of the San Diego Oasis Intergenerational Literacy Tutoring Program. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, July 11," 11 July 2019 The ticket giveaway was reportedly in response to the closure of public pools around Louisville due to city budget concerns. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Massive crowd gathers for Kentucky Kingdom season pass giveaway," 10 June 2019 As part of the settlement, the tobacco companies agreed to tough restrictions on the use of cartoon characters, product giveaways and billboards. Washington Post, "‘Blood money’? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales," 17 Sep. 2019 Guests can sample many different varieties throughout the three-hour event, which will also feature giveaways and other activities throughout. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Pull up to ‘The Rickmobile’ or drink wine on the beach — here are 5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 12 Sep. 2019 Flu shots, healthcare agencies, blood pressure clinic, medical information, insurance carriers, elder law attorney, eye care providers and representatives from the CT Veterans Healthcare Association, breakfast bar, giveaways and free raffles. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 11 Sep. 2019 Some of the money that Warren did not stockpile went to strategic giveaways and investments, such as deploying staff in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire in 2018. BostonGlobe.com, "Warren set up her primary campaign with big money, then swore it off - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Some of the money that Ms. Warren did not stockpile went to strategic giveaways and investments, such as deploying staff in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire in 2018. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "How Elizabeth Warren Raised Big Money Before She Denounced Big Money," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of giveaway

Noun

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of giveaway was in the 14th century

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giveaway

noun

English Language Learners Definition of giveaway

: something (such as a movement or a facial expression) that clearly shows the truth or existence of something that had not been known
: something that is given away free
: an event at which things are given away

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