What does give mean?

Definitions for give

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word give.

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"


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Give

    giv, v.t. to bestow: to impart: to yield: to grant: to permit: to afford: to furnish: to pay or render, as thanks: to pronounce, as a decision: to show, as a result: to apply, as one's self: to allow or admit.—v.i. to yield to pressure: to begin to melt: to grow soft: to open, or give an opening or view, to lead (with upon, on, into):—pr.p. giv′ing; pa.t. gāve; pa.p. given (giv′n).p.adj. Giv′en, bestowed: specified: addicted, disposed to: admitted, supposed.—ns. Giv′er, one who gives or bestows; Giv′ing, the act of bestowing: (Shak.) an alleging of what is not real.—Give and take, to give and get fairly, fair measure on both sides; Give birth to, to bring forth: to originate; Give chase, to pursue; Give ear, to listen; Give forth, to emit, to publish; Give ground, place, to give way, to yield; Give in to, to yield assent or obedience to; Give it to one (coll.), to scold or beat anybody severely; Give line, head, rein, &c., to give more liberty or scope—the metaphor from angling and driving; Give one's self away, to betray one's secret by a slip of the tongue, &c.; Give out, to report, to emit; Give over, to cease; Give the lie to, to charge openly with falsehood; Give tongue, to bark; Give up, to abandon; Give way, to fall back, to yield, to withdraw: to begin rowing—usually as a command to a crew. [A.S. giefan; Goth. giban, Ger. geben.]

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of give in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of give in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of give in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    Give it a shot.

  2. Don Matthews:

    No, never give up.

  3. Aaron Zueno:

    Just give me the DUI.

  4. Felicia Moore:

    Something has to give.

  5. Snoop Dogg:

    Just give it a listen.

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