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give

  

      vb   , gives, giving, gave   , given   mainly tr  
1    also intr   to present or deliver voluntarily (something that is one's own) to the permanent possession of another or others  
2    often foll by: for   to transfer (something that is one's own, esp. money) to the possession of another as part of an exchange  
to give fifty pounds for a painting     
3    to place in the temporary possession of another  
I gave him my watch while I went swimming     
4    when intr, foll by: of   to grant, provide, or bestow  
give me some advice     
5    to administer  
to give a reprimand     
6    to award or attribute  
to give blame, praise, etc.     
7    to be a source of  
he gives no trouble     
8    to impart or communicate  
to give news, give a person a cold     
9    to utter or emit  
to give a shout     
10    to perform, make, or do  
the car gave a jolt and stopped     
11    to sacrifice or devote  
he gave his life for his country     
12    to surrender  
to give place to others     
13    to concede or yield  
I will give you this game     
14    intr  
Informal   to happen  
what gives?     
15    often foll by: to   to cause; lead  
she gave me to believe that she would come     
16    foll by: for   to value (something) at  
I don't give anything for his promises     
17    to perform or present as an entertainment  
to give a play     
18    to propose as a toast  
I give you the Queen     
19    intr   to yield or break under force or pressure  
this surface will give if you sit on it, his courage will never give     
20    give as good as one gets   to respond to verbal or bodily blows to at least an equal extent as those received  
21    give battle   to commence fighting  
22    give birth   often foll by: to  
a    to bear (offspring)  
b    to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc.)  
23    give (a person) five or some skin  
Slang   to greet or congratulate (someone) by slapping raised hands  
24    give ground   to draw back or retreat  
25    give (someone) one     (Brit)  
taboo slang   to have sex with someone  
26    give rise to   to be the cause of  
27    give me  
Informal   I prefer  
give me hot weather any day!     
28    give or take   plus or minus  
three thousand people came, give or take a few hundred     
29    give way      See       way       24  
30    give (a person) what for  
Informal   to punish or reprimand (a person) severely  
      n  
31    a tendency to yield under pressure; resilience  
there's bound to be some give in a long plank, there is no give in his moral views        (See also)        give away       give in       give off       give onto       give out       give over       give up  
     (Old English giefan; related to Old Norse gefa, Gothic giban, Old High German geban, Swedish giva)  
  givable, giveable      adj  
  giver      n  


give-and-take  
      n  
1    mutual concessions, shared benefits, and cooperation  
2    a smoothly flowing exchange of ideas and talk  
      vb  
  give and take   intr  
3    to make mutual concessions  
give away  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to donate or bestow as a gift, prize, etc.  
2    to sell very cheaply  
3    to reveal or betray (esp. in the phrases give the game or show away)  
4    to fail to use (an opportunity) through folly or neglect  
5    to present (a bride) formally to her husband in a marriage ceremony  
6      (Austral. and N.Z.)  
informal   to give up or abandon (something)  
      n  
  giveaway  
7    a betrayal or disclosure of information, esp. when unintentional  
8      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   something given, esp. with articles on sale, at little or no charge to increase sales, attract publicity, etc.  
9      (Journalism)      another name for       freesheet  
10      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a radio or television programme characterized by the award of money and prizes  
11    modifier  
a    very cheap (esp. in the phrase giveaway prices)  
b    free of charge  
a giveaway property magazine     
give in  
      vb   adv  
1    intr   to yield; admit defeat  
2    tr   to submit or deliver (a document)  
give off  
      vb   tr, adv   to emit or discharge  
the mothballs gave off an acrid odour     
give onto  
      vb   intr; prep   to afford a view or prospect of  
their new house gives onto the sea     
give out  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to emit or discharge  
2    tr   to publish or make known  
the chairman gave out that he would resign     
3    tr   to hand out or distribute  
they gave out free chewing gum on the street     
4    intr   to become exhausted; fail  
the supply of candles gave out     
5    intr; foll by: to     (Irish)  
informal   to reprimand (someone) at length  
6    tr     (Cricket)   (of an umpire) to declare (a batsman) dismissed  
give over  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to transfer, esp. to the care or custody of another  
2    tr   to assign or resign to a specific purpose or function  
the day was given over to pleasure     
3    Informal   to cease (an activity)  
give over fighting, will you!     
give up  
      vb   adv  
1    to abandon hope (for)  
2    tr   to renounce (an activity, belief, etc.)  
I have given up smoking     
3    tr   to relinquish or resign from  
he gave up the presidency     
4    tr; usually reflexive   to surrender  
the escaped convict gave himself up     
5    tr   to reveal or disclose (information)  
6    intr   to admit one's defeat or inability to do something  
7    tr; often passive or reflexive   to devote completely (to)  
she gave herself up to caring for the sick     
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
give a phone call
E.g.: Just give me a ring when you want to go out.
exp.
have a powerful impact on someone; impress; generate an emotion (positive, but also negative)
it can be used to describe a feeling of fear or a positive emotion; e.g.: "This violin music gives me the chills" or "Being all alone in that old house after dark...it gave me the chills."
exp.
do not take into account, disregard, ignore on purpose, avoid, dismiss
E.g: His boss asked him for a report, but he gave it the go-by.
n.
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation product
[Bus.];[Tech.]
n.
hand gesture of approval
v.
give credit to; to say an event caused something else.
Eg.: I attribute my illness to my friend who coughed at me.
n.
right granted to a general assembly to give an opinion on the salaries and bonuses of top managers
[Bus.]
exp.
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
[Bus.]
v.
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
n.
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and his concubine, or a woman greatly his inferior, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. The concept is now limited to royal marriages. Syn. Morganatic marriage or marriage of the left hand.
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”
n.
A comment is something that you say which expresses your opinion of something or which gives an explanation of it.
n.
A directory is a book which gives lists of facts, for example people's names, addresses, and telephone numbers, or the names and addresses of business companies, usually arranged in alphabetical order.

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