(third-person singular simple present gives away, present participle giving away, simple past gave away, past participle given away)
- To make a gift of (something).
- I didn't like that book, so I gave it away.
- To relinquish control over.
- To formally hand over a bride to the bridegroom; often by her father.
- Who giveth away this woman to this man in Holy matrimony?
- (reflexive) To unintentionally reveal a secret, or expose someone.
- He gave himself away with a stupid lie.
- He gave away his hiding place when he accidentally sneezed.
- To concede an advantage in weight, time, height etc.
- Despite giving away twenty pounds in weight, the challenger found a knock-out blow in the second round.
- (sports) to concede
In all senses the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.