What does give mean?

Definitions for give

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word give.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. give, spring, springinessverb

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

  2. giveverb

    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, affordverb

    be the cause or source of

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

  4. giveverb

    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. giveverb

    convey or reveal information

    "Give one's name"

  6. give, payverb

    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, giveverb

    organize or be responsible for

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

  8. give, throwverb

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

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

  9. give, gift, presentverb

    give as a present; make a gift of

    "What will you give her for her birthday?"

  10. give, yieldverb

    cause to happen or be responsible for

    "His two singles gave the team the victory"

  11. give, pay, devoteverb


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

  12. render, yield, return, give, generateverb

    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 onverb

    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, giveverb

    bring about

    "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"

  15. giveverb

    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. giveverb

    emit or utter

    "Give a gulp"; "give a yelp"

  17. sacrifice, giveverb

    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, giveverb

    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, devoteverb

    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. giveverb

    give (as medicine)

    "I gave him the drug"

  21. give, applyverb

    give or convey physically

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

  22. give, renderverb


    "give homage"; "render thanks"

  23. grant, giveverb

    bestow, especially officially

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

  24. move over, give way, give, ease up, yieldverb

    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, giveverb

    give food to

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

  26. contribute, give, chip in, kick inverb

    contribute to some cause

    "I gave at the office"

  27. collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founderverb

    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. giveverb

    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. giveverb

    execute and deliver

    "Give bond"

  30. giveverb

    deliver in exchange or recompense

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

  31. afford, open, giveverb

    afford access to

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

  32. giveverb

    present to view

    "He gave the sign to start"

  33. giveverb

    perform for an audience

    "Pollini is giving another concert in New York"

  34. give, yieldverb

    be flexible under stress of physical force

    "This material doesn't give"

  35. giveverb


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

  36. giveverb

    accord by verdict

    "give a decision for the plaintiff"

  37. giveverb

    manifest or show

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

  38. giveverb

    offer in good faith

    "He gave her his word"

  39. giveverb

    submit for consideration, judgment, or use

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

  40. giveverb

    guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion

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

  41. giveverb

    allow to have or take

    "I give you two minutes to respond"

  42. giveverb

    inflict as a punishment

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

  43. giveverb


    "what gives?"

  44. giveverb

    consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man

    "She gave herself to many men"

  45. giveverb

    proffer (a body part)

    "She gave her hand to her little sister"


  1. givenoun

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

    This chair doesn't have much give.

  2. giveverb

    To transfer one's possession or holding of.

  3. giveverb

    To make a present or gift of.

  4. giveverb

    To yield slightly when a force is applied.

  5. giveverb

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

  6. giveverb

    To collapse under pressure or force.

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

  7. giveverb

    To provide, as, a service or a broadcast.

    They're giving my favorite show!

  8. giveverb

    To lead (onto or into).

    The master bedroom gives onto a spacious balcony.

  9. giveverb

    To pledge.

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

  10. giveverb

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

  11. giveverb

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

  12. giveverb

    To carry out (a physical movement).

  13. giveverb

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

  14. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To GIVEverb

    preter. gave; part. pass. given.

    Etymology: gifan, Saxon.

    This opinion abated the fear of death in them which were so resolved, and gave them courage to all adventures. Richard Hooker.

    Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. Mat. xxv.

    Give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the Lord. Ex. x. 25.

    I had a master that gave me all I could ask, but thought fit to take one thing from me again. William Temple.

    Constant at church and change; his gains were sure,
    His givings rare, save farthings to the poor. Alexander Pope, Epistles.

    The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Gen. iii. 12.

    They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. Mat. xxiv. 38.

    Those bills were printed not only every week, but also a general account of the whole year was given in upon the Thursday before Christmas. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.

    We shall give an account of these phenomena. Burnet.

    Aristotle advises not poets to put things evidently false and impossible into their poems, nor gives them licence to run out into wildness. , Notes on the Odyssey.

    Nature gives us many children and friends, to take them away; but takes none away to give them us again. William Temple.

    Give me, says Archimedes, where to stand firm, and I will remove the earth. William Temple.

    If the agreement of men first gave a sceptre into any one’s hands, or put a crown on his head, that almost must direct its conveyance. John Locke.

    All that a man hath will he give for his life. Job ii. 4.

    If you did know to whom I gave the ring,
    If you did know for whom I gave the ring,
    And would conceive for what I gave the ring,
    And how unwillingly I left the ring,
    You would abate the strength of your displeasure. William Shakespeare.

    He would give his nuts for a piece of metal, and exchange his sheep for shells, or wool for a sparkling pebble. John Locke.

    Philip, Alexander’s father, gave sentence against a prisoner what time he was drowsy, and seemed to give small attention. The prisoner, after sentence was pronounced, said, I appeal: the king, somewhat stirred, said, To whom do you appeal? The prisoner answered, From Philip, when he gave no ear, to Philip, when he shall give ear. Francis Bacon, Apophthegms.

    Constantia accused herself for having so tamely given an ear to the proposal. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Give place, thou stranger, to an honourable man. Ecclus.

    I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her. Gen. xvii.

    Nothing can give that to another which it hath not itself. John Bramhall, against Hobbs.

    What beauties I lose in some places, I give to others which had them not originally. John Dryden, Fables, Preface.

    All clad in skins of beasts the jav’lin bear;
    Give to the wanton winds their flowing hair. John Dryden, Æn.

    ’Tis given me once again to behold my friend. Nicholas Rowe.

    He has not given Luther fairer play. Francis Atterbury.

    I gave his wise proposal way;
    Nay, urg’d him to go on: the shallow fraud
    Will ruin him. Nicholas Rowe, Ambitious Stepmother.

    The due libation and the solemn pray’r;
    Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

    God himself requireth the lifting up of pure hands in prayers; and hath given the world to understand, that the wicked, although they cry, shall not be heard. Richard Hooker.

    Give me to know
    How this foul rout began, who set it on. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    So some weak shoot, which else would poorly rise,
    Jove’s tree adopts, and lifts into the skies;
    Through the new pulpil fost’ring juices flow,
    Thrust forth the gems, and give the flow’rs to blow. Thomas Tickell.

    The applause and approbation, most reverend for thy stretcht-out life, I give to both your speeches. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

    So you must be the first that gives this sentence,
    And he that suffers. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    The Rhodians seeing their enemies turn their backs, gave a great shout in derision of them. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    Let the first honest discoverer give the word about, that Wood’s halfpence have been offered, and caution the poor people not to receive them. Jonathan Swift.

    This instance gives the impossibility of an eternal existence in any thing essentially alterable or corruptible. Matthew Hale.

    The number of men being divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred and twenty-four men a-piece. Arbuthnot.

    As we desire to give no offence ourselves, so neither shall we take any at the difference of judgment in others. Burnet.

    In oranges the ripping of their rind giveth out their smell more. Francis Bacon.

    The Helots, of the other side, shutting their gates, gave themselves to bury their dead, to cure their wounds, and rest their wearied bodies. Philip Sidney.

    After men began to grow to number, the first thing we read they gave themselves into, was the tilling of the earth and the feeding of cattle. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    Groves and hill-altars were dangerous, in regard of the secret access which people superstitiously given might have always thereunto with ease. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 17.

    The duke is virtuous, mild, and too well given,
    To dream on evil, or to work my downfal. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Fear him not, Cæsar, he’s not dangerous:
    He is a noble Roman, and well given. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    His name is Falstaff: if that man should be lewdly given, he deceives me; for, Harry, I see virtue in his looks. William Shakespeare.

    Huniades, the scourge of the Turks, was dead long before; so was also Mathias: after whom succeeded others, given all to pleasure and ease. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Though he was given to pleasure, yet he was likewise desirous of glory. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    He that giveth his mind to the law of the most High, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancients. Ecclus. xxxix. 1.

    He is much given to contemplation, and the viewing of this theatre of the world. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.

    They who gave themselves to warlike action and enterprises, went immediately to the palace of Odin. William Temple.

    Men are given to this licentious humour of scoffing at personal blemishes and defects. Roger L'Estrange.

    Besides, he is too much given to horseplay in his raillery; and comes to battle, like a dictator from the plough. Dryden.

    I have some business of importance with her; but her husband is so horribly given to be jealous. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    What can I refuse to a man so charitably given? Dryden.

    Finding ourselves in the midst of the greatest wilderness of waters, without victual, we gave ourselves for lost men, and prepared for death. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Who say, I care not, those I give for lost;
    And to instruct them, will not quit the cost. George Herbert.

    Virtue giv’n for lost,
    Deprest and overthrown, as seem’d;
    Like that self-begott’n bird
    In the Arabian woods embost,
    That no second knows, nor third,
    And lay erewhile a holocaust,
    From out her ashy womb now teem’d. John Milton, Agonistes.

    Since no deep within her gulph can hold
    Immortal vigour, though oppress’d and fall’n,
    I give not heaven for lost. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    For a man to give his name to Christianity in those days, was to list himself a martyr. South.

    Ours gives himself for gone; you’ve watch’d your time,
    He fights this day unarm’d, without his rhyme. Dryden.

    The parents, after a long search for the body, gave him for drowned in one of the canals. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    As the hinder feet of the horse stuck to the mountain, while the body reared up in the air, the poet with great difficulty kept himself from sliding off his back, in so much that the people gave him for gone. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

    Whence came you here, O friend, and whither bound?
    All gave you lost on far Cyclopean ground. Samuel Garth, Ovid.

    The more he got, the more he shewed that he gave away to his new mistress, when he betrayed his promises to the former. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    If you shall marry,
    You give away this hand, and that is mine;
    You give away heav’n’s vows, and those are mine;
    You give away myself, which is known mine. William Shakespeare.

    Honest company, I thank you all,
    That have beheld me give away myself
    To this most patient, sweet, and virtuous wife. William Shakespeare.

    I know not how they sold themselves; but thou, like a kind fellow, gav’st thyself away gratis, and I thank thee for thee. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Love gives away all things, that so he may advance the interest of the beloved person. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    But we who give our native rights away,
    And our enslav’d posterity betray,
    Are now reduc’d to beg an alms, and go
    On holidays to see a puppet-show. John Dryden, Juvenal’s Sat.

    Alas, said I, man was made in vain! How is he given away to misery and mortality! Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 159.

    Theodosius arrived at a religious house in the city, where Constantia resided, and made himself one of the order, with a private vow never to inquire after Constantia, whom he looked upon as given away to his rival, upon the day on which their marriage was to have been solemnized. Joseph Addison, Spectat.

    Whatsoever we employ in charitable uses, during our lives, is given away from ourselves: what we bequeath at our death, is given from others only, as our nearest relations. Francis Atterbury.

    ’Till their vices perhaps give back all those advantages which their victories procured. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Soon after it was given forth, and believed by many, that the king was dead. John Hayward.

    Lessons being free from some inconveniences, whereunto sermons are more subject, they may in this respect no less take than in others they must give the hand, which betokeneth pre-eminence. Richard Hooker.

    Let novelty therefore in this give over endless contradictions, and let ancient customs prevail. Richard Hooker.

    It may be done rather than that be given over. Richard Hooker.

    Never give her o’er;
    For scorn at first makes after love the more. William Shakespeare.

    If Desdemona will return me my jewels, I will give over my suit, and repent my unlawful solicitation. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Abdemelech, as one weary of the world, gave over all, and betook himself to a solitary life, and became monk. Richard Knolles.

    All the soldiers, from the highest to the lowest, had solemnly sworn to defend the city, and not to give it over unto the last man. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Sleep hath forsook and giv'n me o'er
    To death's benuming opium, as my only cure. John Milton.

    Those troops, which were levied, have given over the prosecution of the war. Clarendon, b. viii.

    But worst of all to give her over,
    'Till she's as desperate to recover. Hudibras, p. iii. cant. 3.

    'Tis not amiss, e'er y' are giv'n o'er,
    To try one desp'rate med'cine more;
    And where your case can be no worse,
    The desp'ratest is the wisest course. Hudibras, p. ii.

    A woman had a hen that laid every day an egg: she fancied that upon a larger allowance this hen might lay twice a day; but the hen grew fat, and gave quite over laying. Roger L'Estrange.

    Many have given over their pursuits after fame, either from the disappointments they have met, or from their experience of the little pleasure which attends it. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Zelmane, govern and direct me; for I am wholly given over unto thee. Sidney, b. ii.

    When the Babylonians had given themselves over to all man-ner of vice, it was time for the Lord, who had set up that empire, to pull it down. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. b. iii. c. 3.

    I used one thing ill, or gave myself so much over to it as to neglect what I owed either to him or the rest of the world. William Temple, Miscellanies.

    Since it is lawful to practise upon them that are forsaken and given over, I will adventure to prescribe to you. John Suckling.

    The abbess, finding that the physicians had given her over, told her that Theodosius was just gone before her, and had sent her his benediction. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 164.

    Her condition was now quite desperate, all regular physicians, and her nearest relations, having given her over. Arbuth.

    Yet this false comfort never gives him o'er,
    That, whilst he creeps, his vigorous thoughts can soar. Alexander Pope.

    Not one foretells I shall recover;
    But all agree to give me over. Jonathan Swift.

    The duty of uniformity throughout all churches, in all man-ner of indifferent ceremonies, will be very hard, and there-fore best to give it over. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 13.

    The cause, for which we fought and swore
    So boldly, shall we now give o'er? Hudibras, p. i. cant. 2.

    The fathers give it out for a rule, that whatsoever Christ is said in Scripture to have received, the same we ought to apply only to the manhood of Christ. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 54.

    It is given out, that, sleeping in my orchard,
    A serpent stung me. So the whole ear of Denmark
    Is, by a forged process of my death,
    Rankly abused. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    One that gives out himself prince Florizel,
    Son of Polixenes, with his princess. William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale.

    It hath been given out, by an hypocritical thief, who was the first master of my ship, that I carried with me out of England twenty-two thousand of twenty-two shillings per piece. Walter Raleigh, Apology.

    He gave out general fummons for the assembly of his council for the wars. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    The night was distinguished by the orders which he gave out to his army, that they should forbear all insulting of their enemies. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 49.

    His givings out were of an infinite distance
    From his true meant design. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Measure.

    She that, so young, could give out such a seeming,
    To seal her father's eyes up close as oak. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The people, weary of the miseries of war, would give him up, if they saw him shrink. Sidney, b. ii.

    He has betray'd your business, and given up
    For certain drops of salt your city Rome. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The sun, breaking out with his cheerful beams, revived many, before ready to give up the ghost for cold, and gave comfort to them all. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    He found the lord Hopton in trouble for the loss of the regiment of foot at Alton, and with the unexpected assurance of the giving up of Arundel-castle. Clarendon, b. viii.

    Let us give ourselves wholly up to Christ in heart and desire. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    Such an expectation will never come to pass; therefore I'll e'en give it up, and go and fret myself. Jeremy Collier, against Despair.

    I can give up to the historians of your country the names of so many generals and heroes which crowd their annals. Dryd.

    He declares himself to be now satisfied to the contrary, in which he has given up the cause. Dryden.

    The leagues made between several states, disowning all claim to the land in the other's possession, have, by common consent, given up their pretences to their natural right. John Locke.

    If they give them up to their reasons, then they with them give up all truth and farther enquiry, and think there is no such thing as certainty. John Locke.

    We should see him give up again to the wild common of nature, whatever was more than would supply the conveniencies of life. John Locke.

    Juba's surrender, since his father's death,
    Would give up Africk into Cæsar's hands,
    And make him lord of half the burning zone. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Learn to be honest men, give up your leaders,
    And pardon shall descend on all the rest. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    A popish priest threatened to excommunicate a Northumberland squire, if he did not give up to him the church lands. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    He saw the celestial deities acting in a confederacy against him, and immediately gave up a cause which was excluded from all possibility of success. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    An old gentleman, who had been engaged in an argument with the emperor, upon his friend's telling him he wondered he would give up the question when he had the better, I am never ashamed, says he, to be confuted by one who is master of fifty legions. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 239.

    He may be brought to give up the clearest evidence. Francis Atterbury.

    The constant health and longevity of men must be given up also, as a groundless conceit. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Have the physicians giv'n up all their hopes?
    Cannot they add a few days to a monarch? Nicholas Rowe.

    These people were obliged to demand peace, and give up to the Romans all their possessions in Sicily. Arbuthnot.

    Every one who will not ask for the conduct of God in the study of religion, has just reason to fear he shall be left of God, and given up a prey to a thousand prejudices, that he shall be consigned over to the follies of his own heart. Isaac Watts.

    Give yourself up to some hours of leisure. Isaac Watts.

    If any be given up to believe lyes, some must be first given up to tell them. Edward Stillingfleet, Def. of Disc. on Rom. Idol.

    Our minds naturally give themselves up to every diversion which they are much accustomed to; and we always find that play, when followed with assiduity, engrosses the whole woman. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 120.

    Give up your fond paternal pride,
    Nor argue on the weaker side. Jonathan Swift.

    A good poet no sooner communicates his works, but it is imagined he is a vain young creature given up to the ambition of fame. Alexander Pope.

    I am obliged at this time to give up my whole application to Homer. Alexander Pope.

    Persons who, through misfortunes, chuse not to dress, should not, however, give up neatness. Clarissa.

    And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people to the king. 2 Sa. xxiv. 9.

    His accounts were confused, and he could not then give them up. Jonathan Swift, on the Dissent. in Athens and Rome.

  2. To Giveverb

    Your orders come too late, the fight’s begun;
    The enemy gives on with fury led. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.

    Hannibal gave upon the Romans. Nathaniel Hooke, Rom. Hist.

    Some things are harder when they come from the fire, and afterwards give again, and grow soft; as the crust of bread, bisket, sweetmeats, and salt. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
    Like season’d timber, never gives;
    But though the whole world turn to coal,
    Then chiefly lives. George Herbert.

    Unless it is kept in a hot house, it will so give again, that it will be little better than raw malt. John Mortimer.

    Before you carry your large cocks in, open them once, and spread them: hay is apt to give in the cock. John Mortimer.

    Up and down he traverses his ground,
    Then nimbly shifts a thrust, then lends a wound;
    Now back he gives, then rushes on amain. Samuel Daniel, C. War.

    The charge was given with so well governed fury, that the left corner of the Scots battalion was enforced to give in. John Hayward.

    This is a geography particular to the medallists: the poets, however, have sometimes given in to it, and furnish us with very good lights for the explication of it. Joseph Addison, on Medals.

    This consideration may induce a translator to give in to those general phrases, which have attained a veneration in our language from being used in the Old Testament. Alexander Pope.

    The whole body of the people are either stupidly negligent, or else giving in with all their might to those very practices that are working their destruction. Jonathan Swift.

    The punishment would be kept from being too much, if we gave off as soon as we perceived that it reached the mind. John Locke, on Education.

    If they will speak to the purpose, they must give over, and stand upon such particulars only as they can shew we have either added or abrogated, otherwise than we ought, in the matter of church polity. Richard Hooker, b. iii.

    Neither hath Christ, thro’ union of both natures, incurred the damage of either; lest, by being born a man, we should think he hath given over to be God, or that because he continued God, therefore he cannot be man also. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Give not o’er so: to him again; intreat him,
    Kneel down before him, hang upon his gown;
    You are too cold. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    The state of human actions is so variable, that to try things oft, and never to give over, doth wonders. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Demetrius, king of Macedon, had a petition offered him divers times by an old woman, and still answered he had no leisure; whereupon the woman said aloud, Why then give over to be king. Francis Bacon, Apophthegms.

    So Satan, whom repulse upon repulse
    Met ever, and to shameful silence brought,
    Yet gives not o’er, though desperate of success. John Milton.

    Shall we kindle all this flame
    Only to put it out again?
    And must we now give o’er,
    And only end where we begun?
    In vain this mischief we have done,
    If we can do no more. John Denham.

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

    He coined again, and was forced to give over for the same reason. Jonathan Swift.

    Simon bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one. Acts viii. 9.

    Julius Cæsar laid asleep Pompey’s preparations, by a fame that he cunningly gave out how Cæsar’s own soldiers loved him not. Francis Bacon, Essay 60.

    Your ill-wishers will give out you are now going to quit your school. Jonathan Swift.

    We are the earth; and they,
    Like moles within us, heave and cast about:
    And ’till they foot and clutch their prey;
    They never cool, much less give out. George Herbert.

    Madam, I always believ’d you so stout,
    That for twenty denials you would not give out. Jonathan Swift.

    Private respects, with him, gave way to the common good. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwal.

    Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance, and make a seeming impossibility give way. Collier.

    Scarce had he spoken when the cloud gave way;
    The mists flew upward, and dissolv’d in day. John Dryden, Æn.

    His golden helm gives way with stony blows,
    Batter’d and flat, and beaten to his brows. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. Give

    "Something's Gotta Give is a song written by Craig Wiseman and Tony Mullins, and recorded by American country music artist LeAnn Rimes. It was released in December 2005 as the third single from her seventh studio album This Woman. The song reached a peak of #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart in mid-2006, becoming Rimes' highest-peaking country single since the Number One "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" in 1996-1997. The #1 spot was held by "Summertime" by Kenny Chesney (also co-written by Wiseman). The song also won ASCAP awards for its writers.


  1. Give

    The general definition of "give" is to transfer ownership, possession, or control of something to another person or entity willingly and without expectation of repayment or compensation. It typically involves voluntarily providing something, such as an object, resources, assistance, time, or information, to someone else. Giving can be an act of generosity, kindness, charity, or support, aimed at benefiting others or meeting their needs.

  2. give

    To "give" typically refers to the act of transferring or presenting something to someone willingly and without expecting anything in return. It can refer to providing or donating objects, assistance, support, time, or any other form of resources. "Giving" often involves offering help, contributing, or bestowing upon someone else for their benefit or satisfaction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Givenoun

    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. Givenoun

    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. Givenoun

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

  4. Givenoun

    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. Givenoun

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

  6. Givenoun

    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. Givenoun

    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. Givenoun

    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. Givenoun

    to allow or admit by way of supposition

  10. Givenoun

    to attribute; to assign; to adjudge

  11. Givenoun

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

  12. Givenoun

    to pledge; as, to give one's word

  13. Givenoun

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

  14. Giveverb

    to give a gift or gifts

  15. Giveverb

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

  16. Giveverb

    to become soft or moist

  17. Giveverb

    to move; to recede

  18. Giveverb

    to shed tears; to weep

  19. Giveverb

    to have a misgiving

  20. Giveverb

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. give

    Cause to have.

    They did give every ounce of energy for the task and were successful.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

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  1. GIVE

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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. Winston Churchill:

    It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.

  2. Carole Baskin:

    And those cubs are only cute and manageable until they're about 12 weeks old. By the time they're 13 weeks old, the people who are using them for these photo booths find that it costs $ 10,000 a year to take care of them, so they give them away. They sell them.

  3. Eduardo Rodriguez:

    We wanted to give him not only an operation that made him look better, but it ultimately had to work ideally, especially with the hands.

  4. Vicki Huddleston:

    The Cubans were really embarrassed, fidel said he would give my husband's dog a pardon.

  5. Courtesy Ben Crump:

    When he comes through the door, he wants to give you a hug.

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