Synonyms and Antonyms of give

  1. 1 to make a present of math tutors generously give their time to help students after school Synonyms of give bestow, contribute, donate, give away, present, volunteer Words Related to give chip in, kick in, pitch in, throw in; award, confer, endow, endue (or indue), render; afford, comp, furnish, provide; lavish, regale; aid, assist, benefit, help; administer, dish out, dispense, dole out, hand out, impart, issue, mete (out); extend, fork (over, out, or up), offer, pay, proffer, pungle (up), put up, tender; sacrifice Phrases give of Near Antonyms of give hold, keep, pocket, retain, withhold; preserve, save; advance, lend, loan; sell

  2. 2 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another gave my camera to my father to hold while I went swimming Synonyms of give commend, commit, confide, consign, delegate, deliver, entrust (also intrust), give over, hand, hand over, leave, pass, recommend, repose, transfer, transmit, trust, turn over, vest Words Related to give confer, grant; assign, deal (out), dispense, disperse, distribute, divide; hand in, release, relinquish, submit, surrender, turn in, yield; bequeath, hand down, hand on, will; advance, lend, loan; furnish, supply; recommit, redeliver, regive, retransfer, retransmit Near Antonyms of give detain, hold back, reserve, withhold; own, possess; accept, receive, take in; occupy, take, take over Antonyms of give hold, keep, retain

  3. 3 to bring before the public in performance or exhibition the author will give a reading from her latest work at 7:00 p.m. Synonyms of give carry, present, mount, offer, stageWords Related to give display, exhibit, expose, parade, show, show off, unveil; preview; act, impersonate, perform, play, portray; depict, dramatize, enact, render, represent; extend, proffer, tender

  4. 4 to fall down or in as a result of physical pressure they loaded the shopping cart with so much food it gave under all the weight Synonyms of give buckle, cave (in), crumple, founder, collapse, go, go out, implode, tumble, yieldWords Related to give deflate, flatten, melt, melt down; break, break down, conk (out), crash, die, fail, give out, stall; burst, shatter, smash, splinter, split; crack, crumble, pop, snapNear Antonyms of give inflate, rise, swell

  5. 5 to hand over or use up in payment I wouldn't give a nickel for such a run-down car Synonyms of give disburse, drop, expend, fork (over, out, or up), spend, lay out, outlay, pay, shell outWords Related to give lavish, rain; blow, dissipate, fritter (away), run through, squander, throw away, wasteNear Antonyms of give cache, hoard, lay up, save; acquire, earn, gain, garner, make, procure, realize, secure, win

  6. 6 to make known (as an idea, emotion, or opinion) she gave her opinion on the matter very firmly and unmistakably Synonyms of give air, expound, express, look, raise, sound, state, vent, ventilate, voiceWords Related to give advertise, announce, declare, enounce, enunciate, proclaim, say; broadcast, circulate, disseminate, publish; describe, write, write up; sound off, speak out, speak up; chime in; communicate, convey, put across, put over; offer, submitNear Antonyms of give censor, restrain, restrictAntonyms of give stifle, suppress

  7. 7 to occupy (oneself) diligently or with close attention totally gave himself to his studies in the hopes of winning a scholarship for next year Synonyms of give address, bend, buckle, devote, applyWords Related to give readdress, reapply; knuckle down, set (to), settle (down); busy, commit, concern, engage, involve; exert, exhaust, put out, spend, strain, stress, tax, trouble, wear out; carry on, pitch in, plunge (in); grind, hump, hustle, peg (away), plod, plow, plug (away), workNear Antonyms of give dally, dawdle, dillydally, fiddle (around), fool around, idle, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle

  8. 8 to produce as revenue a company that consistently gives $30 million in profits to the owner Synonyms of give bear, yield, pay, returnWords Related to give bring in, net; afford, furnish, provide, supply; pay off

  9. 9 to put (something) into the possession of someone for use or consumption gave him my e-mail address Synonyms of give deliver, feed, furnish, hand, hand over, provide, supplyWords Related to give ply (with); administer, allocate, apportion, deal (out), dispense, distribute, dole out, mete (out), parcel (out), portion, prorate; assign, cede, deed, make over, transferNear Antonyms of give conserve, keep up, maintain, preserve, saveAntonyms of give hold (back), keep (back), reserve, retain, withhold

  10. 10 to put before another for acceptance or consideration she gave the committee her grant proposal Synonyms of give extend, offer, proffer, tender, trot outWords Related to give pose, propose; hold out; give in, submit; volunteerNear Antonyms of give accept, receive, take; accredit, approbate, approve, authorize, clear, confirm, finalize, formalize, homologate, OK (or okay), ratify, sanction, warrant; decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, reject, turn down, veto; rebuff, rebut, refuse, spurn; retract, withdraw; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

  11. 11 to cause (something) to pass from one to another she gave her cold to me, and now I'm so sick that I can barely get out of bed Synonyms of give conduct, convey, communicate, impart, spread, transfer, transfuse, transmitWords Related to give deliver, hand over, surrender, turn over; broadcast, diffuse, disseminate, propagate; hand down, hand on; contaminate, infect, poisonNear Antonyms of give catch, come down (with), contract

Synonym Discussion of give

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

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