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Meaning of give by Wiktionary Dictionary

give


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ɡɪv/, X-SAMPA: /gIv/
    • Rhymes: -ɪv

    Etymology

    From Middle English given, from Old Norse gefa ( “to give” ), from Proto-Germanic *gebanan ( “to give” ), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰab( ʰ )- ( “to take, hold, have” ). Displaced or merged with native Middle English yiven, ȝeven, from Old English ġiefan, from the same Proto-Germanic source. 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” ), Dutch geven ( “to give” ), German geben ( “to give” ), Latin habeō ( “have, hold” ), Old Irish gaibim ( “I hold” ), Albanian jep ( “to give, allow, lend” ), Lithuanian gabenti ( “to carry, transport” ), Polish chapać ( “to grab, snatch” ), Sanskrit ( gabhasti, “hand” ) .

    Verb

    give ( third-person singular simple present gives present participle giving, simple past gave, past participle given )

    1. ( transitive ) To transfer one's possession or holding of .
      I gave him my coat .
      I gave my coat to the beggar .
      When they asked, I gave my coat .
    2. ( transitive ) 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 .
    3. ( intransitive ) To yield slightly when a force is applied.
    4. ( ditransitive ) 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 .
    5. ( intransitive ) To collapse under pressure or force .
      One pillar gave, then more, and suddenly the whole floor pancaked onto the floor below .
    6. ( transitive ) To provide, as, a service or a broadcast .
      They're giving my favorite show!
    7. ( intransitive ) To lead ( onto or into ) .
      The master bedroom gives onto a spacious balcony .
    8. To pledge .
      I gave my word that I'd protect his children .
    9. ( transitive ) To provide ( something ) to someone, to allow or afford .
      I gave them permission to miss tomorrow's class .
      Give me some more time .
    10. 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 .
    11. To carry out ( a physical movement ) .
      I want to give you a kiss .
      She gave him a hug .
      I'd like to give him a kick .
      I gave the boy a push on the swing .
      She gave me a wink afterwards, so I knew she was joking .
    12. ( transitive ) 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 .
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      My boyfriend gave me chlamydia .
      What gives?

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Explanation of give by Wordnet Dictionary

give


    Verb
    1. proffer ( a body part )

    2. She gave her hand to her little sister
    3. consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man

    4. She gave herself to many men
    5. occur

    6. what gives?
    7. estimate the duration or outcome of something

    8. He gave the patient three months to live
      I gave him a very good chance at success
    9. dedicate

    10. give thought to
      give priority to
    11. inflict as a punishment

    12. She gave the boy a good spanking
      The judge gave me 10 years
    13. allow to have or take

    14. I give you two minutes to respond
    15. guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion

    16. You gave me to think that you agreed with me
    17. submit for consideration, judgment, or use

    18. give one's opinion
      give an excuse
    19. give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

    20. give one's talents to a good cause
    21. offer in good faith

    22. He gave her his word
    23. manifest or show

    24. This student gives promise of real creativity
      The office gave evidence of tampering
    25. convey or communicate

    26. She gave me a dirty look
    27. convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc .

    28. give the orders
      Give him my best regards
    29. bestow

    30. give homage
    31. accord by verdict

    32. give a decision for the plaintiff
    33. propose

    34. He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party
    35. give food to

    36. don't give the child this tough meat
    37. be flexible under stress of physical force

    38. This material doesn't give
    39. give or supply

    40. cause to happen or be responsible for

    41. His two singles gave the team the victory
    42. bring about

    43. perform for an audience

    44. Pollini is giving another concert in New York
    45. present to view

    46. He gave the sign to start
    47. organize or be responsible for

    48. give a course
    49. move in order to make room for someone for something

    50. The park gave way to a supermarket
    51. break down, literally or metaphorically

    52. The wall gave in
      The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice
    53. transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

    54. I gave her my money
      can you give me lessons?
      She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care
    55. leave with

    56. Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?
      Can I give you the children for the weekend?
    57. give as a present

    58. What will you give her for her birthday?
    59. place into the hands or custody of

    60. convey or reveal information

    61. Give one's name
    62. transmit ( knowledge or skills )

    63. give a secret to the Russians


    Definition of give by GCIDE Dictionary

    give


    1. 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
    2. Give v. i.
      1. To give a gift or gifts.

      2. To yield to force or pressure; to relax; to become less rigid; as, “the earth gives under the feet”.

      3. To become soft or moist. [Obs.] Bacon .

      4. To move; to recede.

      Now back he gives, then rushes on amain. Daniel.

      5. To shed tears; to weep. [Obs.]

      Whose eyes do never give

      But through lust and laughter. Shak.

      6. To have a misgiving. [Obs.]

      My mind gives ye're reserved

      To rob poor market women. J. Webster.

      7. To open; to lead. [A Gallicism]

      This, yielding, gave into a grassy walk. Tennyson.

      To give back, to recede; to retire; to retreat.

      They gave back and came no farther. Bunyan.

      -- To give in, to yield; to succumb; to acknowledge one's self beaten; to cease opposition.

      The Scots battalion was enforced to give in. Hayward.

      This consideration may induce a translator to give in to those general phrases. Pope.

      -- To give off, to cease; to forbear. [Obs.] Locke. -- To give on or To give upon. To rush; to fall upon. [Obs.] To have a view of; to be in sight of; to overlook; to look toward; to open upon; to front; to face. [A Gallicism: cf. Fr. donner sur.]

      Rooms which gave upon a pillared porch. Tennyson.

      The gloomy staircase on which the grating gave. Dickens.

      -- To give out. To expend all one's strength. Hence: To cease from exertion; to fail; to be exhausted; as, my feet being to give out; the flour has given out. -- To give over, to cease; to discontinue; to desist.

      It would be well for all authors, if they knew when to give over, and to desist from any further pursuits after fame. Addison.

      -- To give up, to cease from effort; to yield; to despair; as, he would never give up.

    3. Gyve ( jīv ), n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. W. gefyn, Ir. geibhionn, Gael. geimheal.] A shackle; especially, one to confine the legs; a fetter. [Written also give.]

      Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves. Shak.

      With gyves upon his wrist. Hood.