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Meaning of GIVE

Pronunciation:  giv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
  2. [v]  proffer, as of a body part; "She gave her hand to her little sister"
  3. [v]  consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man; "She gave herself to many men"
  4. [v]  occur; "what gives?" (slang)
  5. [v]  estimate the duration or outcome of something; "He gave the patient three months to live"; "I gave him a very good chance at success"
  6. [v]  as in the expressions"give thought to"; "give priority to"
  7. [v]  inflict as a punishment; "She gave the boy a good spanking"; "The judge gave me 10 years"
  8. [v]  allow to have or take; "I give you two minutes to respond"
  9. [v]  guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion; "You gave me to think that you agreed with me"
  10. [v]  submit for consideration, judgment, or use; "give one's opinion"; "give an excuse"
  11. [v]  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"
  12. [v]  offer in good faith; "He gave her his word"
  13. [v]  manifest or show; "This student gives promise of real creativity"; "The office gave evidence of tampering"
  14. [v]  convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture; "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look"
  15. [v]  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"
  16. [v]  bestow; "give hommage"; "render thanks"
  17. [v]  legal use: accord by verdict; "give a decision for the plaintiff"
  18. [v]  propose as a toast
  19. [v]  give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat"
  20. [v]  be flexible under stress of physical force; "This material doesn't give"
  21. [v]  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"
  22. [v]  bring about; "His two singles gave the team the victory"
  23. [v]  bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
  24. [v]  perform for an audience; "Pollini is giving another concert in New York"
  25. [v]  present to view; "He gave the sign to start"
  26. [v]  organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course", etc.
  27. [v]  move in order to make room for someone for something; "The park gave way to a supermarket"; "`Move over,' he told the crowd"
  28. [v]  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"
  29. [v]  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"
  30. [v]  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?"
  31. [v]  give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?"
  32. [v]  place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
  33. [v]  convey or reveal information; "Give one's name"
  34. [v]  tell or deposit (information) knowledge; "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here"
  35. [v]  contribute to some cause; "I gave at the office"
  36. [v]  give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"
  37. [v]  give, as of medicine; "I gave him the drug"
  38. [v]  cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense; "She gave him a black eye"; "The draft gave me a cold"
  39. [v]  bestow, esp. officially; "grant a degree"; "give a divorce"; "This bill grants us new rights"
  40. [v]  be the cause or source of; "He gave me a lot of trouble"; "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"
  41. [v]  endure the loss of; "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"
  42. [v]  afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"
  43. [v]  deliver in exchange or recompense; "I'll give you three books for four CDs"
  44. [v]  emit or utter; "Give a gulp"; "give a yelp"
  45. [v]  execute and deliver; "Give bond"

GIVE is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: apply, break, cave in, collapse, commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote, devote, ease up, fall in, feed, founder, generate, gift, give way, have, hold, move over, pay, pay, render, render, return, sacrifice, spring, springiness, throw, throw, yield, yield, yield
 Antonyms: famish, starve, take
 See Also: accept, accord, accord, administer, aliment, allot, allot, allow, allow, allow for, apply, approximate, bank, bequeath, bestow, bottlefeed, breakfast, breastfeed, bring down, buckle, buckle under, bung, cast, cater, cater, cede, cerebrate, change, chip in, cogitate, combine, come about, commit, communicate, communicate, compensate, concede, confide, consent, contribute, corn, cough up, countenance, create, crop, crumple, deal, deal out, deed over, deliver, deposit, dine, direct, dish out, dispense, dispense with, distribute, dole out, donate, dower, drink, drive home, eat, elasticity, emit, employ, endow, entrust, estimate, evince, execute, express, extend, flop, fodder, force-feed, free, furnish, gauge, get in, give, give away, give back, give in, give out, give suck, give up, go for, go off, go on, grant, grant, graze, guess, hand, hand down, hand out, hand over, hap, happen, have, have got, heap, hold, impart, implode, impose, indemnify, infect, inflict, inject, intercommunicate, intrust, judge, kick in, knuckle under, lactate, lead, lease, leave, lend, let, let, let loose, let out, loan, lot, lunch, make, mete out, move, nourish, nurse, nutrify, occur, offer, offer, offer, open, open up, overfeed, pacify, parcel out, part with, pass, pass, pass off, pass on, pasture, pay, perform, permit, pledge, pledge, ply, ply, pony up, pool, present, produce, proffer, proffer, provide, provide, provide for, put across, quote, raffle, raffle off, range, reach, recompense, rededicate, refund, regurgitate, release, relegate, relinquish, render, rent, repair, repay, requite, resign, return, salute, say, scavenge, shell out, show, show, sink, slide down, slip, slop, slump, sneak, spare, spit up, spoonfeed, state, stretch, submit, submit, succumb, suck, suckle, supply, supply, support, surrender, swill, take place, tell, tender, think, tip, toast, transfer, tread, treat, trust, turn in, turn over, undernourish, use, utilise, utilize, utter, visit, vow, wassail, wet-nurse, will, yield



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Give\ (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given}
    (g[i^]v"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven,
    yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an,
    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.
    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.
    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.
             Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine.
    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.
    {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}.
        (a) To bear or bring forth, as a child.
        (b) To originate; to give existence to, as an enterprise,
    {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}.
        (a) To abate; to deduct.
        (b) 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}.
        (a) To utter publicly; to report; to announce or declare.
                  One that gives out himself Prince Florizel.
                  Give out you are of Epidamnum.   --Shak.
        (b) To send out; to emit; to distribute; as, a substance
            gives out steam or odors.
    {To give over}.
        (a) To yield completely; to quit; to abandon.
        (b) To despair of.
        (c) 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}.
        (a) In games of skill, to equalize chances by conceding a
            certain advantage; to allow a handicap.
        (b) 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}.
        (a) To average gains and losses.
        (b) To exchange freely, as blows, sarcasms, etc.
    {To give time}
        (Law), to accord extension or forbearance to a debtor.
    {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
    {To give up}.
        (a) To abandon; to surrender. ``Don't give up the ship.''
                  He has . . . given up For certain drops of
                  salt, your city Rome.            --Shak.
        (b) To make public; to reveal.
                  I'll not state them By giving up their
                  characters.                      --Beau. & Fl.
        (c) (Used also reflexively.)
    {To give up the ghost}. See under {Ghost}.
    {To give one's self up}, to abandon hope; to despair; to
       surrender one's self.
    {To give way}.
        (a) To withdraw; to give place.
        (b) To yield to force or pressure; as, the scaffolding
            gave way.
        (c) (Naut.) To begin to row; or to row with increased
        (d) (Stock Exchange). To depreciate or decline in value;
            as, railroad securities gave way two per cent.
    {To give way together}, to row in time; to keep stroke.
    Syn: To {Give}, {Confer}, {Grant}.
    Usage: To give is the generic word, embracing all the rest.
           To confer was originally used of persons in power, who
           gave permanent grants or privileges; as, to confer the
           order of knighthood; and hence it still denotes the
           giving of something which might have been withheld;
           as, to confer a favor. To grant is to give in answer
           to a petition or request, or to one who is in some way
           dependent or inferior.
  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.
             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 upon}.
       (a) To rush; to fall upon. [Obs.]
       (b) 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.
                 The gloomy staircase on which the grating gave.
    {To give out}.
       (a) To expend all one's strength. Hence:
       (b) 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. \Give\, v. t.
    To afford a view of; as, his window gave the park.
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