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give

verb

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1 to make a present of
  • thanked all the tutors who generously gave their time to help students after school

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2 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another
  • gave my camera to my father to hold while I went swimming

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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.

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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

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5 to hand over or use up in payment
  • I wouldn't give a nickel for such a run-down car

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6 to make known (as an idea, emotion, or opinion)
  • she gave her opinion on the matter very firmly and unmistakably

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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

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8 to produce as revenue
  • a company that consistently gives $30 million in profits to the owner

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9 to put (something) into the possession of someone for use or consumption
  • gave him my e-mail address

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10 to put before another for acceptance or consideration
  • she gave the committee her grant proposal

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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

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Frequently Asked Questions About give

How does the verb give contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of give are afford, bestow, confer, donate, and present. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use afford instead of give?

Although the words afford and give have much in common, 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

When can bestow be used instead of give?

While the synonyms bestow and give are close in meaning, bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver.

bestow unwanted advice

When is confer a more appropriate choice than give?

While in some cases nearly identical to give, confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor).

confer an honorary degree

In what contexts can donate take the place of give?

The synonyms donate and give are sometimes interchangeable, but donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity).

donate a piano to the orphanage

When might present be a better fit than give?

The meanings of present and give largely overlap; however, present carries a note of formality and ceremony.

present an award

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

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

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