Give meaning

gĭv
(may take two objects) To move, shift, provide something abstract or concrete to someone or something or somewhere.
  • To transfer one's possession or holding of (something) to (someone).
    I gave him my coat.
    I gave my coat to the beggar.
    When they asked, I gave my coat.
  • To make a present or gift of.
    I'm going to give my wife a necklace for her birthday.
    She gave a pair of shoes to her husband for their anniversary.
    He gives of his energies to the organization.
  • To pledge.
    I gave him my word that I'd protect his children.
  • To provide (something) to (someone), to allow or afford.
    I gave them permission to miss tomorrow's class.
    Please give me some more time.
  • To cause (a sensation or feeling) to exist in.
    It gives me a lot of pleasure to be here tonight.
    The fence gave me an electric shock.
    My mother-in-law gives me nothing but grief.
  • To carry out (a physical interaction) with (something).
    I want to give you a kiss.
    She gave him a hug.
    I'd like to give the tire a kick.
    I gave the boy a push on the swing.
    She gave me a wink afterwards, so I knew she was joking.
  • To pass (something) into (someone's) hand or the like.
    Give me your hand.
    On entering the house, he gave his coat to the doorman.
  • To cause (a disease or condition) in, or to transmit (a disease or condition) to.
    My boyfriend gave me chlamydia.
    He was convinced that it was his alcoholism that gave him cancer.
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To make a present of.

We gave her flowers for her birthday.

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To place in the hands of; pass.

Give me the scissors.

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Give is defined as to hand, present or place.

An example of give is for a child to offer his toy to another child.

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To emit or utter.

Gave a groan; gave a muted response.

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To submit for consideration, acceptance, or use.

Give an opinion; give an excuse.

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To permit one to have or take.

Gave us an hour to finish.

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To take an interest to the extent of.
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To make gifts or donations.

Gives generously to charity.

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To afford access or a view; open.

The doors give onto a terrace.

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To be in progress; happen.

What gives?

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Capacity or inclination to yield under pressure.
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The quality or condition of resilience; springiness.
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To turn over the possession or control of to someone without cost or exchange; make a gift of.
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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.

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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.
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To relay; pass along.

To give regards to someone.

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To produce in a person or thing; cause to have; impart.

To give pleasure, to give someone a cold.

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To confer or assign (a title, position, name, etc.)
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To act as host or sponsor of (a party, dance, etc.)
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To put in communication with, as by telephone.
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To be the source, origin, or cause of; produce; supply.

Cows give milk.

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To concede; yield.

To give a point in an argument.

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To offer or yield (oneself) to a man for sexual intercourse.
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To show; exhibit.

To give every indication of being a fool.

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To put forward for acceptance or rejection; offer; proffer.

To give a suggestion.

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To make (a gesture, movement, etc.)

To give a leap.

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To perform (a physical act)

To give someone a hug, kiss, etc.

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To administer or dispense (medicine, etc.)
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To inflict or impose (punishment, a sentence, etc.)
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To predict that (something or someone) will last or remain for (a specified period of time)

I give their marriage one year.

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To make gifts or donations; contribute.
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To bend, sink, move, break down, yield, etc. from force or pressure.
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To be springy; be resilient.
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To provide a view of, or a way of getting to, some place; open.

The window gives on the park.

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To abandon a claim, fight, etc.; give in or give up.
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A bending, moving, sinking, etc. under pressure.
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A tendency to be springy; resilience.
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To make a gift; to transfer property to another without payment; to grant something to another.
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(may take two objects) To estimate or predict (a duration or probability) for (something).

I give it ten minutes before he gives up.

I give it a 95% chance of success.

I'll give their marriage six months.

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(intransitive) To yield slightly when a force is applied.
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(intransitive) To collapse under pressure or force.

One pillar gave, then more, and suddenly the whole floor pancaked onto the floor below.

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To provide, as, a service or a broadcast.

They're giving my favorite show!

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(intransitive) To lead (onto or into).

The master bedroom gives onto a spacious balcony.

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To exhibit as a product or result; to produce; to yield.

The number of men, divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred to each ship.

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To cause; to make; used with the infinitive.
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To allow or admit by way of supposition.
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To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.
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To communicate or announce (advice, tidings, etc.); to pronounce or utter (an opinion, a judgment, a shout, etc.).
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(dated) To grant power or permission to; to allow.
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(reflexive) To devote or apply (oneself).

The soldiers give themselves to plunder.

That boy is given to fits of bad temper.

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(uncountable) The amount of bending that something undergoes when a force is applied to it.

This chair doesn't have much give.

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give a good account of (oneself)
  • To behave or perform creditably.
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give birth to
  • To bear as offspring.
  • To be the origin of:.
    A hobby that gave birth to a successful business.
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give ground
  • To yield to a more powerful force; retreat.
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give it to
  • To punish or reprimand severely:.
    My parents really gave it to me for coming in late.
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give or take
  • Plus or minus a small specified amount:.
    The chalet is close to the road, give or take a few hundred yards.
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give rise to
  • To be the cause or origin of; bring about.
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give (someone) a piece of (one's) mind
  • To tell someone frankly what one thinks about something, especially when angry.
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give (someone) a hard time
  • To make life difficult for; harass.
  • To make fun of; tease.
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give (someone) the eye
  • To look at admiringly or invitingly.
  • To look at with an expression of disapproval.
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give the lie to
  • To show to be inaccurate or untrue.
  • To accuse of lying.
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give up the ghost
  • To cease living or functioning; die.
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give way
  • 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.
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give and take
  • To exchange on an even basis.
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give away
  • To make a gift of; donate; bestow.
  • In a marriage ceremony, to present (the bride) ritually to the bridegroom.
  • To reveal, expose, or betray.
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give back
  • To return or restore.
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give forth
  • To send forth; emit; issue.
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give in
  • To hand in.
  • To abandon a claim, fight, or argument; surrender; yield.
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give it to
  • To punish; beat or scold.
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give off
  • To send forth or out; emit.
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give or take
  • Plus or minus.
    A price of $1.00, give or take a few cents.
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give out
  • 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.
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give over
  • To hand over.
  • To stop; cease.
  • To set apart for some purpose.
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give to understand (or believe, etc.)
  • To cause to understand (or believe, etc.).
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give up
  • 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.
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what gives?
  • What is going on?.
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Origin of give

  • Middle English given from Old English giefan Old Norse gefa ghabh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English given, from Old Norse gefa (“to give”), from Proto-Germanic *gebaną (“to give”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰh₁bʰ- (“to take, hold, have”). Displaced or merged with native Middle English yiven, ȝeven, from Old English ġiefan, from the same Proto-Germanic source (cf. the inherited now obsolete English doublet yive). Cognate with Scots gie (“to give”), Danish give (“to give”), Swedish giva, ge (“to give”), Icelandic gefa (“to give”), North Frisian jiw, jiiw, jeewe (“to give”), West Frisian jaan (“to give”), Low German geven (“to give”), Dutch geven (“to give”), German geben (“to give”), Latin habeō (“have, hold”), Old Irish gaibim (“I hold”), Lithuanian gabenti (“to carry, transport”), Polish gabać (“to grab, snatch”), Sanskrit गभस्ति (gabhasti, “hand”).

    From Wiktionary