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Definition of 'give'


  1. the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
       Synonyms: spring springiness


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

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