Give - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡɪv|  American pronunciation of the word give
Brit.  |ɡɪv|  British pronunciation of the word give
irregular verb:  p.t. — gave  p.p. — given

noun

- the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length (syn: spring, springiness)

verb

- cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
- be the cause or source of (syn: afford, yield)
- transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
- convey or reveal information
- convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow(syn: pay)
- organize or be responsible for(syn: have, hold, make, throw)
- convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture (syn: throw)

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Examples

She gave him a camera for Christmas.

Are you giving this to me or only lending it?

She has given money to many worthy causes.

They're asking people to give money for a new hospital.

Please give to our charity.

We already gave at the office.

It is better to give than to receive.

He gave me the letter.

He gave her his coat to hold.

He gave me a head start.

Give me that plate, please.

Give me Mr. Black, please.

We gave her flowers for her birthday.

They gave five dollars for the picture.

She gave the porter a dollar for carrying her suitcase.

Phrasal verbs

give away  — make a gift of
give back  — pay back
give forth  — give out (breath or an odor)
give in  — yield to another's wish or opinion
give off  — have as a by-product
give out  — give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
give up  — lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: give
he/she/it: gives
present participle: giving
past tense: gave
past participle: given
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