- Give is defined as to hand, present or place.
An example of give is for a child to offer his toy to another child.
A woman gives a gift.
give definition by Webster's New World
- to turn over the possession or control of to someone without cost or exchange; make a gift of
- to hand or pass over into the trust or keeping of someone: to give the porter a bag to carry, to give a daughter in marriage
- to hand or pass over in exchange for something else; sell (goods, services, etc.) for a price or pay (a price) for goods, services, etc.
- to relay; pass along: to give regards to someone
- to produce in a person or thing; cause to have; impart: to give pleasure, to give someone a cold
- to confer or assign (a title, position, name, etc.)
- to act as host or sponsor of (a party, dance, etc.)
- ☆ to put in communication with, as by telephone
- to be the source, origin, or cause of; produce; supply: cows give milk
- to part with for some cause; sacrifice: to give one's life for a cause
- to devote to some occupation, pursuit, etc.: to give one's life to art
- to concede; yield: to give a point in an argument
- to offer or yield (oneself) to a man for sexual intercourse
- to show; exhibit: to give every indication of being a fool
- to put forward for acceptance or rejection; offer; proffer: to give a suggestion
- to perform: to give a concert
- to introduce or present (a speaker, the subject of a toast, etc.)
- to make (a gesture, movement, etc.): to give a leap
- to perform (a physical act): to give someone a hug, kiss, etc.
- to administer or dispense (medicine, etc.)
- to utter, emit, or produce (words, sounds, etc.); put in words; state: to give a reply
- to inflict or impose (punishment, sentence, etc.)
Origin: Middle English given (with g- ; from Old Norse gefa, to give), yeven ; from Old English giefan, akin to German geben ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghabh-, to grasp, take from source Classical Latin habere, to have: the special Germanic sense of this base results from its use as a substitute for Indo-European an unverified form dō- (as in Classical Latin dare, to give)
- to make gifts or donations; contribute
- to bend, sink, move, break down, yield, etc. from force or pressure
- to be springy; be resilient
- to provide a view of, or a way of getting to, someplace; open: usually with on, upon, or onto: the window gives on the park
- Informal to occur; happenchiefly in the phrase what gives?
- Slang to abandon a claim, fight, etc.; give in or give up
- a bending, moving, sinking, etc. under pressure
- a tendency to be springy; resilience
give definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb gave gave , giv·en , giv·ing, gives verb, transitive
- To make a present of: We gave her flowers for her birthday.
- To place in the hands of; pass: Give me the scissors.
- a. To deliver in exchange or recompense; pay: gave five dollars for the book.b. To let go for a price; sell: gave the used car away for two thousand dollars.
- a. To administer: give him some cough medicine.b. To convey by a physical action: gave me a punch in the nose.c. To inflict as punishment: gave the child a spanking; was given life imprisonment for the crime.d. Law To accord by verdict: A decision was given for the plaintiff.
- a. To bestow, especially officially; confer: The Bill of Rights gives us freedom of speech.b. To accord or tender to another: Give him your confidence.c. To put temporarily at the disposal of: gave them the cottage for a week.d. To entrust to another, usually for a specified reason: gave me the keys for safekeeping.e. To convey or offer for conveyance: Give him my best wishes.f. Law To execute and deliver. Used especially in the phrase give bond.
- a. To endure the loss of; sacrifice: gave her son to the war; gave her life for her country.b. To devote or apply completely: gives herself to her work.c. To furnish or contribute: gave their time to help others.d. To offer in good faith; pledge: Give me your word.
- a. To allot as a portion or share.b. To bestow (a name, for example).c. To attribute (blame, for example) to someone; assign.d. To award as due: gave us first prize.
- To emit or utter: gave a groan; gave a muted response.
- To submit for consideration, acceptance, or use: give an opinion; give an excuse.
- a. To proffer to another: gave the toddler my hand.b. To consent to engage (oneself) in sexual intercourse with a man.
- a. To perform for an audience: give a recital.b. To present to view: gave the sign to begin.
- a. To offer as entertainment: give a dinner party.b. To propose as a toast.
- a. To be a source of; afford: His remark gave offense. Music gives her pleasure.b. To cause to catch or be subject to (a disease or bodily condition): The draft gave me a cold.c. To guide or direct, as by persuasion or behavior. Used with an infinitive phrase: You gave me to imagine you approved of my report.
- a. To yield or produce: Cows give milk.b. To bring forth or bear: trees that give fruit.c. To produce as a result of calculation: 5 × 12 gives 60.
- a. To manifest or show: gives promise of brilliance; gave evidence of tampering.b. To carry out (a physical movement): give a wink; give a start.
- To permit one to have or take: gave us an hour to finish.
- To take an interest to the extent of: “My dear, I don't give a damn” (Margaret Mitchell).
- To make gifts or donations: gives generously to charity.
- a. To yield to physical force.b. To collapse from force or pressure: The roof gave under the weight of the snow.c. To yield to change: Both sides will have to give on some issues.
- To afford access or a view; open: The doors give onto a terrace.
- Slang To be in progress; happen: What gives?
- Capacity or inclination to yield under pressure.
- The quality or condition of resilience; springiness: “Fruits that have some give … will have more juice than hard ones” (Elizabeth Schneider).
Origin: Middle English given, from Old English giefan and Old Norse gefa; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
give - Legal Definition
give - Phrases/Idioms
give and take
- to make a gift of; donate; bestow
- in a marriage ceremony, to present (the bride) ritually to the bridegroom
- â Informal to reveal, expose, or betray
- to hand in
- to abandon a claim, fight, or argument; surrender; yield
give it to
give or take
- to send forth or out; emit
- to cause to be known; make public
- to distribute
- to become worn out or used up; fail to last
- to hand over
- to stop; cease
- to set apart for some purpose
give to understand (or believe, etc.)
- to hand over; turn over; surrender
- to stop; cease
- to admit failure and stop trying
- to lose hope for; despair of
- to sacrifice; devote wholly
give a good account of (oneself)
give birth to
- To bear as offspring.
- To be the origin of: a hobby that gave birth to a successful business.
give it to
give or take
give rise to
give (someone) a hard time
- To make life difficult for; harass.
- To make fun of; tease.
give (someone) the eye
give the lie to
- To show to be inaccurate or untrue.
- To accuse of lying.
give up the ghost
- To retreat or withdraw.
- To yield the right of way: gave way to an oncoming car.
- To relinquish ascendancy or position: as day gives way slowly to night.
- To collapse from or as if from physical pressure: The ladder gave way.
- To yield to urging or demand; give in.
- To abandon oneself: give way to hysteria.