Definitions for givegɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

give*gɪv(v.; n.)gave, giv•en, giv•ing

  1. (v.t.)to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation:

    to give a birthday present to someone.

  2. to hand to someone:

    Give me that plate, please.

  3. to place in someone's care:

    I gave the folders to your assistant.

  4. to grant (permission, opportunity, etc.) to someone:

    Give me a chance.

  5. to impart or communicate:

    to give advice; to give a cold to someone.

  6. to set forth or show; present; offer:

    to give no reason for one's actions.

  7. to pay or transfer possession to another in exchange for something:

    They gave five dollars for the picture.

  8. to furnish, provide, or proffer:

    to give evidence.

  9. to provide as an entertainment or social function:

    to give a Halloween party.

  10. to administer:

    to give medicine to a patient.

  11. to put forth, emit, or utter; issue:

    to give a cry.

  12. to assign or admit as a basis of calculation or reasoning (usu. used passively):

    These facts being given, the theory makes sense.

  13. to produce, yield, or afford:

    to give good results.

  14. to make, do, or perform:

    to give a lurch.

  15. to perform or present publicly:

    to give a concert.

  16. to cause; be responsible for (usu. fol. by an infinitive):

    They gave me to understand that you would be there.

  17. to care about something to the value or extent of (something signifying “even a little bit”):

    I don't give a hoot about their opinion. Frankly, I don't give a damn!

  18. to relinquish or sacrifice:

    to give one's life for a cause.

  19. to convey or transmit:

    Give Grandma my love.

  20. to assign or allot:

    They gave him the nickname “Scooter.”

  21. to bestow (the object of one's choice), as if by providence:

    Give me the wide open spaces anytime.

  22. to connect, as through a switchboard:

    Give me 235-7522.

  23. to present to an audience:

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the governor of Texas.

  24. to attribute or ascribe:

    to give the devil his due.

  25. to cause:

    Strawberries give me a rash.

  26. to apply fully or freely; devote:

    to give one's attention to a problem.

  27. to award by verdict or after consideration:

    A decision was given for the defendant.

  28. to inflict as a punishment on another; impose a sentence of:

    The judge gave him ten years.

  29. to pledge, offer as a pledge, or execute and deliver:

    She gave him her word.

  30. to propose as the subject of a toast (fol. by an indirect object):

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you our country.

  31. to bear to a man; deliver (fol. by an indirect object):

    She gave him a beautiful baby boy.

  32. to sire upon a woman; father (fol. by an indirect object):

    He gave her two children in four years.

  33. to concede or grant, as a point in an argument.

  34. (v.i.)to make a gift or gifts; contribute:

    to give to the United Way.

  35. to yield somewhat, as to influence or force; compromise:

    Each side must give on some points.

  36. to yield somewhat when subjected to weight, force, pressure, etc.:

    A horsehair mattress doesn't give much.

  37. to collapse; break down; fall apart:

    The old chair gave when I sat on it.

  38. to be warm and open in relationships with others:

    a withdrawn person who doesn't know how to give.

  39. Informal. to divulge information:

    Okay now, give! What happened?

    Category: Informal

  40. to afford a view or passage; face, open, or lead (usu. fol. by on, onto, etc.):

    This door gives onto the hallway.

  41. give away, to give as a present; bestow. to present (the bride) to the bridegroom in a marriage ceremony. to disclose, betray, or expose.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  42. give back, to return (something), as to the owner; restore.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  43. give in, to acknowledge defeat; yield. to hand in; deliver:

    to give in one's timecard.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  44. give of, to devote or contribute generously of:

    to give of oneself.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  45. give off, to put forth; emit:

    The gardenia gives off a strong fragrance.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  46. give out, to send out; emit. to make public; announce. to distribute; issue. to become exhausted or used up.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  47. give over, to put into the care or custody of; transfer. to submit fully: to devote to a specified activity: to cease; stop:

    She gave herself over to tears.

    The day was given over to relaxing.

    to give over complaining.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  48. give up, to abandon hope; despair. to desist from; renounce: to surrender; relinquish. to devote (oneself) entirely to.

    to give up smoking.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  49. (n.)the quality or state of being resilient; springiness.

Idioms for give:

  1. give it to,Informal. to reprimand or punish.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  2. give or take,plus or minus a specified amount; more or less.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom

* Syn: give , confer , grant , present mean that something concrete or abstract is bestowed on one person by another. give is the general word: to give someone a book. confer usu. means to give as an honor or as a favor; it implies courteous and gracious giving: to confer a medal. grant is usu. limited to the idea of acceding to a request or fulfilling an expressed wish; it often involves a formal act or legal procedure: to grant a prayer; to grant immunity. present , a more formal word than give , usu. implies a certain ceremony in the giving: to present an award.

Origin of give:

bef. 900; ME given (with g- < Scand; cf. early Dan give), yiven, yeven, OE gefan, giefan, c. OS, OHG geban, Go giban


Princeton's WordNet

  1. give, spring, springiness(verb)

    the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length

  2. give(verb)

    cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense

    "She gave him a black eye"; "The draft gave me a cold"

  3. yield, give, afford(verb)

    be the cause or source of

    "He gave me a lot of trouble"; "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"

  4. give(verb)

    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

    "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"

  5. give(verb)

    convey or reveal information

    "Give one's name"

  6. give, pay(verb)

    convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow

    "Don't pay him any mind"; "give the orders"; "Give him my best regards"; "pay attention"

  7. hold, throw, have, make, give(verb)

    organize or be responsible for

    "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"

  8. give, throw(verb)

    convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture

    "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look"

  9. give, gift, present(verb)

    give as a present; make a gift of

    "What will you give her for her birthday?"

  10. give, yield(verb)

    cause to happen or be responsible for

    "His two singles gave the team the victory"

  11. give, pay, devote(verb)


    "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to"

  12. render, yield, return, give, generate(verb)

    give or supply

    "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate renders some revenue for the family"

  13. impart, leave, give, pass on(verb)

    transmit (knowledge or skills)

    "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here"; "impart a new skill to the students"

  14. establish, give(verb)

    bring about

    "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"

  15. give(verb)

    leave with; give temporarily

    "Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?"; "Can I give you the children for the weekend?"

  16. give(verb)

    emit or utter

    "Give a gulp"; "give a yelp"

  17. sacrifice, give(verb)

    endure the loss of

    "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"

  18. pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over, give(verb)

    place into the hands or custody of

    "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"

  19. give, dedicate, consecrate, commit, devote(verb)

    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

    "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church"

  20. give(verb)

    give (as medicine)

    "I gave him the drug"

  21. give, apply(verb)

    give or convey physically

    "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"

  22. give, render(verb)


    "give homage"; "render thanks"

  23. grant, give(verb)

    bestow, especially officially

    "grant a degree"; "give a divorce"; "This bill grants us new rights"

  24. move over, give way, give, ease up, yield(verb)

    move in order to make room for someone for something

    "The park gave way to a supermarket"; "`Move over,' he told the crowd"

  25. feed, give(verb)

    give food to

    "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat"

  26. contribute, give, chip in, kick in(verb)

    contribute to some cause

    "I gave at the office"

  27. collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder(verb)

    break down, literally or metaphorically

    "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"

  28. give(verb)

    estimate the duration or outcome of something

    "He gave the patient three months to live"; "I gave him a very good chance at success"

  29. give(verb)

    execute and deliver

    "Give bond"

  30. give(verb)

    deliver in exchange or recompense

    "I'll give you three books for four CDs"

  31. afford, open, give(verb)

    afford access to

    "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"

  32. give(verb)

    present to view

    "He gave the sign to start"

  33. give(verb)

    perform for an audience

    "Pollini is giving another concert in New York"

  34. give, yield(verb)

    be flexible under stress of physical force

    "This material doesn't give"

  35. give(verb)


    "He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party"

  36. give(verb)

    accord by verdict

    "give a decision for the plaintiff"

  37. give(verb)

    manifest or show

    "This student gives promise of real creativity"; "The office gave evidence of tampering"

  38. give(verb)

    offer in good faith

    "He gave her his word"

  39. give(verb)

    submit for consideration, judgment, or use

    "give one's opinion"; "give an excuse"

  40. give(verb)

    guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion

    "You gave me to think that you agreed with me"

  41. give(verb)

    allow to have or take

    "I give you two minutes to respond"

  42. give(verb)

    inflict as a punishment

    "She gave the boy a good spanking"; "The judge gave me 10 years"

  43. give(verb)


    "what gives?"

  44. give(verb)

    consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man

    "She gave herself to many men"

  45. give(verb)

    proffer (a body part)

    "She gave her hand to her little sister"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. give(verb)ɪv

    to put sth in sb's hand or near sb; = hand

    I gave her the money.; Give the ball to your brother.

  2. giveɪv

    to provide sb with sth they can keep or use

    to give presents; The doctor gave the child some medicine.; She gave us something to eat.; to give sb help

  3. giveɪv

    to provide sth to help sb

    to give money/food to charity; Aid agencies want the governments to give more often.

  4. giveɪv

    to cause to happen or exist

    The sunlight gave the landscape a golden glow.; Helping the kids gave me a good feeling.

  5. giveɪv

    to allow to have or do

    The teacher gave us a week to write the paper.; to give permission to do sth

  6. giveɪv

    to say or communicate

    Please give your father our love.; The teacher's book gives the answers.; to give a speech/talk

  7. giveɪv

    used before some nouns of action to say that the action is done

    to give sb a hug/kiss; Give me a call later.; I gave it a try.; I'll give it some thought.

  8. giveɪv

    to pay money to have

    I'll give you $20 for the T-shirt.

  9. giveɪv

    to infect with an illness

    I gave him the flu.

  10. giveɪv

    (of a teacher) to say a piece of work has earned a particular grade

    Ms. Greenwood gave him a B in science.

  11. giveɪv

    to stretch or be flexible

    The leather will give a little as you wear it.

  12. giveɪv

    indicates an amount or number could be slightly lower or higher

    It will take about an hour, give or take.

  13. give(noun)ɪv

    the ability to stretch or be flexible

    The structure must have some give in it.

  14. giveɪv

    the ability to compromise

    A good relationship involves some give and take.


  1. give(Noun)

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

    This chair doesn't have much give.

  2. give(Verb)

    To transfer one's possession or holding of.

  3. give(Verb)

    To make a present or gift of.

  4. give(Verb)

    To yield slightly when a force is applied.

  5. give(Verb)

    To estimate or predict (a duration or probability for something).

  6. give(Verb)

    To collapse under pressure or force.

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

  7. give(Verb)

    To provide, as, a service or a broadcast.

    They're giving my favorite show!

  8. give(Verb)

    To lead (onto or into).

    The master bedroom gives onto a spacious balcony.

  9. give(Verb)

    To pledge.

    I gave my word that I'd protect his children.

  10. give(Verb)

    To provide (something) to someone, to allow or afford.

  11. give(Verb)

    To cause (a sensation or feeling) to exist in.

  12. give(Verb)

    To carry out (a physical movement).

  13. give(Verb)

    To pass (something) into someone's hand or the like.

  14. Origin: given, from gefa 'to give' (compare give, giva), from gebanan (compare West Frisian jaan, Dutch geven, German geben), from ghab(h)- (compare Old Irish gaibim 'I hold', Latin habēre 'to have', Albanian jap,jep 'to give', Lithuanian gabenti 'to take away', gabana 'armful', Polish gabać 'to seize', Sanskrit gabhasti 'hand'). This verb displaced native yiven, yeven, from giefan, gifan. More at gift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Give(noun)

    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

  2. Give(noun)

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

  3. Give(noun)

    to yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, flint and steel give sparks

  4. Give(noun)

    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. Give(noun)

    to grant power or license to; to permit; to allow; to license; to commission

  6. Give(noun)

    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. Give(noun)

    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. Give(noun)

    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. Give(noun)

    to allow or admit by way of supposition

  10. Give(noun)

    to attribute; to assign; to adjudge

  11. Give(noun)

    to excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, to give offense; to give pleasure or pain

  12. Give(noun)

    to pledge; as, to give one's word

  13. Give(noun)

    to cause; to make; -- with the infinitive; as, to give one to understand, to know, etc

  14. Give(verb)

    to give a gift or gifts

  15. Give(verb)

    to yield to force or pressure; to relax; to become less rigid; as, the earth gives under the feet

  16. Give(verb)

    to become soft or moist

  17. Give(verb)

    to move; to recede

  18. Give(verb)

    to shed tears; to weep

  19. Give(verb)

    to have a misgiving

  20. Give(verb)

    to open; to lead


  1. Give

    Give is the third studio album released by The Bad Plus. It contains covers of Ornette Coleman's "Street Woman", The Pixies' "Velouria", and Black Sabbath's "Iron Man".

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'give' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #213

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'give' in Written Corpus Frequency: #155

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'give' in Verbs Frequency: #17

Translations for give

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to cause to have

My aunt gave me a book for Christmas; Can you give me an opinion on this?

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