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give - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'give' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Give [ n.]
- 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.
- To yield possesion of; to deliver over, as property, in exchange for something; to pay; as, we give the value of what we buy.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.
- 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.
2 . Give [ v. i.]
- 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.
- To move; to recede.
- To shed tears; to weep.
- To have a misgiving.
- To open; to lead.

Meaning of 'give' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . give [ v]
Meaning (1):
- leave with; give temporarily
Example in sentence:
  • Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?;
  • Can I give you the children for the weekend?
Meaning (2):
- transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
Example in sentence:
  • can you give me lessons?;
  • I gave her my money;
  • She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care
Meaning (3):
- give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
Example in sentence:
  • consecrate your life to the church;
  • give one's talents to a good cause;
  • She committed herself to the work of God
Meaning (4):
- give food to
Example in sentence:
  • don't give the child this tough meat;
  • Feed the starving children in India
Meaning (5):
- convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow
Example in sentence:
  • Don't pay him any mind;
  • Give him my best regards;
  • give the orders;
  • pay attention
Meaning (6):
- organize or be responsible for
Example in sentence:
  • give a course;
  • have, throw, or make a party;
  • hold a reception
Meaning (7):
- accord by verdict
Example in sentence:
  • give a decision for the plaintiff
Meaning (8):
- bestow, especially officially
Example in sentence:
  • give a divorce;
  • grant a degree;
  • This bill grants us new rights
Meaning (9):
- emit or utter
Example in sentence:
  • Give a gulp;
  • give a yelp
Meaning (10):
- transmit (knowledge or skills)
Example in sentence:
  • give a secret to the Russians;
  • impart a new skill to the students;
  • leave your name and address here
Meaning (11):
- submit for consideration, judgment, or use
Example in sentence:
  • give an excuse;
  • give one's opinion
Meaning (12):
- execute and deliver
Example in sentence:
  • Give bond
Meaning (13):
- bestow
Example in sentence:
  • give homage;
  • render thanks
Meaning (14):
- convey or reveal information
Example in sentence:
  • Give one's name
Meaning (15):
- dedicate
Example in sentence:
  • give priority to;
  • give thought to;
  • pay attention to
Meaning (16):
- place into the hands or custody of
Example in sentence:
  • hand me the spoon, please;
  • He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers;
  • Turn the files over to me, please
Meaning (17):
- offer in good faith
Example in sentence:
  • He gave her his word
Meaning (18):
- endure the loss of
Example in sentence:
  • He gave his life for his children;
  • I gave two sons to the war
Meaning (19):
- be the cause or source of
Example in sentence:
  • He gave me a lot of trouble;
  • Our meeting afforded much interesting information
Meaning (20):
- propose
Example in sentence:
  • He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party
Meaning (21):
- estimate the duration or outcome of something
Example in sentence:
  • He gave the patient three months to live;
  • I gave him a very good chance at success
Meaning (22):
- present to view
Example in sentence:
  • He gave the sign to start
Meaning (23):
- cause to happen or be responsible for
Example in sentence:
  • His two singles gave the team the victory
Meaning (24):
- contribute to some cause
Example in sentence:
  • I gave at the office
Meaning (25):
- give or convey physically
Example in sentence:
  • I gave him a punch in the nose;
  • She gave him First Aid
Meaning (26):
- give (as medicine)
Example in sentence:
  • I gave him the drug
Meaning (27):
- allow to have or take
Example in sentence:
  • I give you two minutes to respond
Meaning (28):
- deliver in exchange or recompense
Example in sentence:
  • I'll give you three books for four CDs
Meaning (29):
- perform for an audience
Example in sentence:
  • Pollini is giving another concert in New York
Meaning (30):
- proffer (a body part)
Example in sentence:
  • She gave her hand to her little sister
Meaning (31):
- consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man
Example in sentence:
  • She gave herself to many men
Meaning (32):
- cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
Example in sentence:
  • She gave him a black eye;
  • The draft gave me a cold
Meaning (33):
- convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture
Example in sentence:
  • She gave me a dirty look;
  • Throw a glance
Meaning (34):
- inflict as a punishment
Example in sentence:
  • She gave the boy a good spanking;
  • The judge gave me 10 years
Meaning (35):
- break down, literally or metaphorically
Example in sentence:
  • The business collapsed;
  • The dam broke;
  • The roof collapsed;
  • The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice;
  • The wall collapsed;
  • The wall gave in
Meaning (36):
- give or supply
Example in sentence:
  • The cow brings in 5 liters of milk;
  • The estate renders some revenue for the family;
  • This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn
Meaning (37):
- afford access to
Example in sentence:
  • the door opens to the patio;
  • The French doors give onto a terrace
Meaning (38):
- manifest or show
Example in sentence:
  • The office gave evidence of tampering;
  • This student gives promise of real creativity
Meaning (39):
- move in order to make room for someone for something
Example in sentence:
  • The park gave way to a supermarket;
  • `Move over,' he told the crowd
Meaning (40):
- bring about
Example in sentence:
  • The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth
Meaning (41):
- be flexible under stress of physical force
Example in sentence:
  • This material doesn't give
Meaning (42):
- occur
Example in sentence:
  • what gives?
Meaning (43):
- give as a present; make a gift of
Example in sentence:
  • What will you give her for her birthday?
Meaning (44):
- guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
Example in sentence:
  • You gave me to think that you agreed with me