Definition of 'give'
- the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
Synonyms: spring springiness
- cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense; "She gave him a black eye"; "The draft gave me a cold"
- be the cause or source of; "He gave me a lot of trouble"; "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"
Synonyms: yield afford
- 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"
- convey or reveal information; "Give one's name"
- 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"
- organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
Synonyms: hold throw have make
- convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture; "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look"
- give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?"
Synonyms: gift present
- cause to happen or be responsible for; "His two singles gave the team the victory"
- dedicate; "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to"
Synonyms: pay devote
- 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
- tell or deposit (information) knowledge; "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here"
Synonyms: impart leave pass on
- bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
- 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?"
- emit or utter; "Give a gulp"; "give a yelp"
- endure the loss of; "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"
- 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
- 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
- give (as medicine); "I gave him the drug"
- give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"
- bestow; "give homage"; "render thanks"
- bestow, especially officially; "grant a degree"; "give a divorce"; "This bill grants us new rights"
- 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
- give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat"
Antonyms: starve famish
- contribute to some cause; "I gave at the office"
Synonyms: contribute chip in kick in
- 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
- estimate the duration or outcome of something; "He gave the patient three months to live"; "I gave him a very good chance at success"
- execute and deliver; "Give bond"
- deliver in exchange or recompense; "I'll give you three books for four CDs"
- afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"
Synonyms: afford open
- present to view; "He gave the sign to start"
- perform for an audience; "Pollini is giving another concert in New York"
- be flexible under stress of physical force; "This material doesn't give"
- propose; "He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party"
- accord by verdict; "give a decision for the plaintiff"
- manifest or show; "This student gives promise of real creativity"; "The office gave evidence of tampering"
- offer in good faith; "He gave her his word"
- submit for consideration, judgment, or use; "give one's opinion"; "give an excuse"
- guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion; "You gave me to think that you agreed with me"
- allow to have or take; "I give you two minutes to respond"
- inflict as a punishment; "She gave the boy a good spanking"; "The judge gave me 10 years"
- occur; "what gives?"
- consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man; "She gave herself to many men"
- proffer (a body part); "She gave her hand to her little sister"