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Meaning of gave by Wiktionary Dictionary

gave


    Etymology

    Old English ġæf, ġeaf .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK, US ) enPR: gāv, IPA: /ɡeɪv/, X-SAMPA: /geIv/
    • Rhymes: -eɪv

    Verb

    gave

    1. Simple past of give.

    See also

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    Anagrams

    • vega, Vega



Definition of gave by GCIDE Dictionary

gave


  1. Gave ( gāv ), imp. of Give.

  2. Give ( gĭv ), v. t. [imp. Gave ( gāv ); p. p. Given ( gĭv'n ); p. pr. & vb. n. Giving.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. geðan, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth. giban. Cf. Gift, n.]
    1. To bestow without receiving a return; to confer without compensation; to impart, as a possession; to grant, as authority or permission; to yield up or allow.

    For generous lords had rather give than pay. Young.

    2. To yield possesion of; to deliver over, as property, in exchange for something; to pay; as, “we give the value of what we buy”.

    What shall a man give in exchange for his soul ? Matt. xvi. 26.

    3. To yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, “flint and steel give sparks”.

    4. To communicate or announce, as advice, tidings, etc.; to pronounce; to render or utter, as an opinion, a judgment, a sentence, a shout, etc.

    5. To grant power or license to; to permit; to allow; to license; to commission.

    It is given me once again to behold my friend. Rowe.

    Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine. Pope.

    6. To exhibit as a product or result; to produce; to show; as, “the number of men, divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred to each ship”.

    7. To devote; to apply; used reflexively, to devote or apply one's self; as, “the soldiers give themselves to plunder”; also in this sense used very frequently in the past participle; as, “the people are given to luxury and pleasure; the youth is given to study.”

    8. ( Logic & Math. ) To set forth as a known quantity or a known relation, or as a premise from which to reason; -- used principally in the passive form given.

    9. To allow or admit by way of supposition.

    I give not heaven for lost. Mlton.

    10. To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.

    I don't wonder at people's giving him to me as a lover. Sheridan.

    11. To excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, “to give offense; to give pleasure or pain.”

    12. To pledge; as, “to give one's word”.

    13. To cause; to make; -- with the infinitive; as, “to give one to understand, to know, etc.”

    But there the duke was given to understand

    That in a gondola were seen together

    Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica. Shak.

    14. To afford a view of; as, “his window gave the park”.

    To give away, to make over to another; to transfer.

    Whatsoever we employ in charitable uses during our lives, is given away from ourselves. Atterbury.

    -- To give back, to return; to restore. Atterbury. -- To give the bag, to cheat. [Obs.]

    I fear our ears have given us the bag. J. Webster.

    -- To give birth to. To bear or bring forth, as a child. To originate; to give existence to, as an enterprise, idea. -- To give chase, to pursue. -- To give ear to. See under Ear. -- To give forth, to give out; to publish; to tell. Hayward. -- To give ground. See under Ground, n. -- To give the hand, to pledge friendship or faith. -- To give the hand of, to espouse; to bestow in marriage. -- To give the head. See under Head, n. -- To give in. To abate; to deduct. To declare; to make known; to announce; to tender; as, “to give in one's adhesion to a party”. -- To give the lie to ( a person ), to tell ( him ) that he lies. -- To give line. See under Line. -- To give off, to emit, as steam, vapor, odor, etc. -- To give one's self away, to make an inconsiderate surrender of one's cause, an unintentional disclosure of one's purposes, or the like. [Colloq.] -- To give out. To utter publicly; to report; to announce or declare.

    One that gives out himself Prince Florizel. Shak.

    Give out you are of Epidamnum. Shak.

    To send out; to emit; to distribute; as, a substance gives out steam or odors. -- To give over. To yield completely; to quit; to abandon. To despair of. To addict, resign, or apply ( one's self ).

    The Babylonians had given themselves over to all manner of vice. Grew.

    -- To give place, to withdraw; to yield one's claim. -- To give points. In games of skill, to equalize chances by conceding a certain advantage; to allow a handicap. To give useful suggestions. [Colloq.] -- To give rein. See under Rein, n. -- To give the sack. Same as To give the bag. -- To give and take. To average gains and losses. To exchange freely, as blows, sarcasms, etc. -- To give time ( Law ), to accord extension or forbearance to a debtor. Abbott. -- To give the time of day, to salute one with the compliment appropriate to the hour, as “good morning.” “good evening”, etc. -- To give tongue, in hunter's phrase, to bark; -- said of dogs. -- To give up. To abandon; to surrender. “Don't give up the ship.Give ( gĭv ), v. t. [imp. Gave ( gāv ); p. p. Given ( gĭv'n ); p. pr. & vb. n. Giving.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. geðan, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth. giban. Cf. Gift, n.]
    1. To bestow without receiving a return; to confer without compensation; to impart, as a possession; to grant, as authority or permission; to yield up or allow.

    For generous lords had rather give than pay. Young.

    2. To yield possesion of; to deliver over, as property, in exchange for something; to pay; as, “we give the value of what we buy”.

    What shall a man give in exchange for his soul ? Matt. xvi. 26.

    3. To yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, “flint and steel give sparks”.

    4. To communicate or announce, as advice, tidings, etc.; to pronounce; to render or utter, as an opinion, a judgment, a sentence, a shout, etc.

    5. To grant power or license to; to pe