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  1. give
    IPA[ɡiv]
  2. verb

    • 1. freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone); hand over to:

      the check given to the jeweler proved worthless he gave the papers back they gave her water to drink
      Synonym : present with, provide with, supply with, furnish with, gift with, hand, let someone have, offer, proffer, award, grant, bestow, accord, confer, donate, contribute, put up, hand over, turn over, make over, leave, will, bequeath, pledge, vouchsafe, lend, slip, fork out, shell out, lay out, cough up, stump up, ante up, pony up
    • 2. administer (medicine):

      she was given antibiotics
    • 3. hand over (an amount) in exchange or payment; pay:

      how much did you give for that?
    • 4. used hyperbolically to express how greatly one wants to have or do something:

      I'd give anything for a cup of tea I'd give my right arm to be in
      Synonym : sacrifice, give up, relinquish, devote, dedicate, set aside
    • 5. commit, consign, or entrust:

      a baby given into their care by the accident of her birth
      Synonym : entrust, commit, put into someone's hands, consign, assign, render, commend
    • 6. freely devote, set aside, or sacrifice for a purpose:

      all who have given thought to the matter agree committee members who give so generously of their time and effort
      Synonym : present with, provide with, supply with, furnish with, gift with, hand, let someone have, offer, proffer, award, grant, bestow, accord, confer, donate, contribute, put up, hand over, turn over, make over, leave, will, bequeath, pledge, vouchsafe, lend, slip, fork out, shell out, lay out, cough up, stump up, ante up, pony up
    • 7. (of a man) sanction the marriage of (his daughter) to someone:

      he gave her in marriage to an English noble
    • 8. consent to have sexual intercourse with (someone):

      she gave herself to the king in order to obtain the pardon of her father
    • 9. cite or present when making a toast or introducing a speaker or entertainer:

      for your entertainment this evening I give you … Mister Albert DeNiro!
    • 10. cause or allow (someone or something) to have (something, especially something abstract); provide or supply with:

      you gave me such a fright this leaflet gives our opening times
      Synonym : allow, permit, let have, grant, accord, offer, show, display, set out, set forth, indicate, detail, give details of, list, cause, be a source of, make, create, occasion, administer, deliver, deal, inflict, impose
    • 11. bestow (love, affection, or other emotional support):

      his parents gave him the encouragement he needed to succeed
      Synonym : present with, provide with, supply with, furnish with, gift with, hand, let someone have, offer, proffer, award, grant, bestow, accord, confer, donate, contribute, put up, hand over, turn over, make over, leave, will, bequeath, pledge, vouchsafe, lend, slip, fork out, shell out, lay out, cough up, stump up, ante up, pony up
    • 12. sentence (someone) to (a specified penalty):

      for the first offense I was given a fine
    • 13. allot or assign (a score) to:

      I gave it five out of ten
    • 14. allow (someone) to have (a specified amount of time) for an activity or undertaking:

      give me a second to bring the car around I'll give you until tomorrow morning
    • 15. pass on (an illness or infection) to (someone):

      I hope I don't give you my cold
    • 16. communicate or impart (a message) to (someone):

      give my love to all the girls
    • 17. make a connection to allow (someone) to speak to (someone else) on the telephone:

      give me the police
    • 18. carry out or perform (a specified action):

      I gave a bow he gave the counter a polish
      Synonym : perform, execute, carry out, make, do
    • 19. utter or produce (a sound):

      he gave a gasp
      Synonym : utter, let out, emit, produce, make
    • 20. present (an appearance or impression):

      he gave no sign of life
      Synonym : show, display, set out, set forth, indicate, detail, give details of, list
    • 21. provide (a party or social meal) as host or hostess:

      a dinner given in honor of a Canadian diplomat Korda gave him a going-away party
      Synonym : organize, arrange, lay on, provide, be responsible for, throw, host, hold, have
    • 22. yield as a product or result:

      milk is sometimes added to give a richer cheese
      Synonym : produce, yield, afford, result in, impart, lend
    • 23. emit odor, vapor, or similar substances:

      it can be burned without giving off toxic fumes
    • 24. concede or yield (something) as valid or deserved in respect of (someone):

      give him his due
    • 25. place a specified value on (something):

      he never gave anything for French painting or for abstraction
    • 26. state or put forward (information or argument):

      he did not give his name
    • 27. pledge or assign as a guarantee:

      I give you my word
    • 28. say to (someone) as an excuse or inappropriate answer:

      don't give me any of your back talk
    • 29. deliver (a judgment) authoritatively:

      I gave my verdict
    • 30. predict that (an activity, undertaking, or relationship) will last no longer than (a specified time):

      this is a place that will not improve with time—I give it three weeks
    • 31. tell what one knows:

      okay, give—what's that all about?
    • 32. alter in shape under pressure rather than resist or break:

      that chair doesn't give
      Synonym : give way, cave in, collapse, break, fall apart, come apart, bend, buckle, sink
    • 33. yield or give way to pressure:

      the heavy door didn't give until the fifth push when two people who don't get on are thrust together, something's got to give
      Synonym : give way, cave in, collapse, break, fall apart, come apart, bend, buckle, sink
    • 34. concede defeat; surrender:

      I give!

    noun

    • 1. capacity to bend or alter in shape under pressure; elasticity:

      plastic pots that have enough give to accommodate the vigorous roots
    • 2. ability to adapt or comply; flexibility:

      there is no give at all in the British position
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: give, 3rd person present: gives, gerund or present participle: giving, past tense: gave, past participle: given

    • verb

      freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone):

      administer (medicine):

    • noun

      capacity to bend or alter in shape under pressure:

      ability to adapt; flexibility:

    • past of give
    • past of give
    • yield to someone or something

      (of a support or structure) be unable to carry a load or withstand a force; collapse or break

    • go in pursuit
    • stop doing something
    • give information and answer questions formally and in person in court or at an inquiry
    • give milk from the breast or teat; suckle
    • cease fighting or arguing; yield; surrender
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