giving Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the act of giving
noun the imparting of news or promises etc.
- he gave us the news and made a great show of the giving
- giving his word of honor seemed to come too easily
noun disposing of property by voluntary transfer without receiving value in return
- the alumni followed a program of annual giving
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
afford; yield; give.
- 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; give.
- 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
present; gift; give.
- What will you give her for her birthday?
verb cause to happen or be responsible for
- His two singles gave the team the victory
pay; devote; give.
- give thought to
- give priority to
- pay attention to
verb give or supply
generate; return; yield; render; give.
- 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; give; 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
give; 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; give.
- 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; give.
- 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; give.
verb break down, literally or metaphorically
collapse; founder; give; 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
afford; open; give.
- 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
adjective satellite given or giving freely
liberal; big; openhanded; bountiful; freehanded; bighearted; bounteous; handsome.
- was a big tipper
- the bounteous goodness of God
- bountiful compliments
- a freehanded host
- a handsome allowance
- Saturday's child is loving and giving
- a liberal backer of the arts
- a munificent gift
- her fond and openhanded grandfather
- The act of bestowing as a gift; a conferring or imparting.
- A gift; a benefaction. R.
- The act of softening, breaking, or yielding. "Upon the first giving of the weather."
His givings out were of an infinite distance
From his true meant design.
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