noun the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
verb cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
- She gave him a black eye
- The draft gave me a cold
verb be the cause or source of
- He gave me a lot of trouble
- Our meeting afforded much interesting information
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
verb convey or reveal information
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
verb organize or be responsible for
make; hold; throw; have.
- hold a reception
- have, throw, or make a party
- give a course
verb convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture
- Throw a glance
- She gave me a dirty look
verb give as a present; make a gift of
- What will you give her for her birthday?
verb cause to happen or be responsible for
- His two singles gave the team the victory
- give thought to
- give priority to
- pay attention to
verb give or supply
generate; return; yield; render.
- 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
verb transmit (knowledge or skills)
leave; pass on; impart.
- give a secret to the Russians
- leave your name and address here
- impart a new skill to the students
verb bring about
- The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth
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?
verb emit or utter
verb endure the loss of
- He gave his life for his children
- I gave two sons to the war
verb place into the hands or custody of
turn over; reach; hand; pass; pass on.
- hand me the spoon, please
- Turn the files over to me, please
- He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers
verb give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
devote; commit; consecrate; dedicate.
- She committed herself to the work of God
- give one's talents to a good cause
- consecrate your life to the church
verb give (as medicine)
verb give or convey physically
- She gave him First Aid
- I gave him a punch in the nose
- give homage
- render thanks
verb bestow, especially officially
- grant a degree
- give a divorce
- This bill grants us new rights
verb move in order to make room for someone for something
ease up; give way; move over; yield.
- The park gave way to a supermarket
- `Move over,' he told the crowd
verb give food to
- Feed the starving children in India
- don't give the child this tough meat
verb contribute to some cause
chip in; contribute; kick in.
verb break down, literally or metaphorically
collapse; founder; give way; break; cave in; fall in.
- 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
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
verb execute and deliver
verb deliver in exchange or recompense
- I'll give you three books for four CDs
verb afford access to
- the door opens to the patio
- The French doors give onto a terrace
verb present to view
- He gave the sign to start
verb perform for an audience
- Pollini is giving another concert in New York
verb be flexible under stress of physical force
- This material doesn't give
- He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party
verb accord by verdict
- give a decision for the plaintiff
verb manifest or show
- This student gives promise of real creativity
- The office gave evidence of tampering
verb offer in good faith
verb submit for consideration, judgment, or use
- give one's opinion
- give an excuse
verb guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
- You gave me to think that you agreed with me
verb allow to have or take
- I give you two minutes to respond
verb inflict as a punishment
- She gave the boy a good spanking
- The judge gave me 10 years
verb consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man
- She gave herself to many men
verb proffer (a body part)
- She gave her hand to her little sister
Give transitive verb
, AS. gifan
; akin to D. geven
, OS. gan
, OHG. geban
, Icel. gefa
, Sw. gifva
, Dan. give
, Goth. giban
. Cf. Gift
imperfect Gave ; past participle Given ; present participle & verbal noun Giving
- 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.
- 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. 26.
- To yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, flint and steel give sparks.
- To communicate or announce, as advice, tidings, etc.; to pronounce; to render or utter, as an opinion, a judgment, a sentence, a shout, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (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.
- To allow or admit by way of supposition.
I give not heaven for lost.
- To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.
I don't wonder at people's giving him to me as a lover.
- To excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, to give offense; to give pleasure or pain.
- To pledge; as, to give one's word.
- 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.
Syn. -- To Give, Confer, Grant. 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.
Give intransitive verb
- To give a gift or gifts.
- To yield to force or pressure; to relax; to become less rigid; as, the earth gives under the feet.
- To become soft or moist. Obs.
- To move; to recede.
Now back he gives, then rushes on amain.
- To shed tears; to weep. Obs.
Whose eyes do never give
But through lust and laughter.
- To have a misgiving. Obs.
My mind gives ye're reserved
To rob poor market women.
- To open; to lead. A Gallicism
This, yielding, gave into a grassy walk.
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