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give

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1 to make a present of
  • Math tutors generously give their time to help students after school.
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give of

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2 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another
  • I 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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come out with

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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give way

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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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give air to, put forth

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7 to occupy (oneself) diligently or with close attention
  • He totally gave himself to his studies in the hopes of winning a scholarship for next year.
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get cracking, get one's act together, get with it, turn one's hand (or turn a hand)

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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
  • I 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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run by (or run past)

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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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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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