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


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


- 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
can you give me lessons?
- convey or reveal information
- convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow (syn: pay)
give the orders
- organize or be responsible for (syn: have, hold, make, throw)
give a course
- convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture (syn: throw)
- give as a present; make a gift of (syn: gift, present)
What will you give her for her birthday?
- cause to happen or be responsible for (syn: yield)
- dedicate (syn: devote, pay)
give thought to
give priority to
- give or supply (syn: generate, render, return, yield)
- transmit (knowledge or skills) (syn: impart, leave, pass on)
give a secret to the Russians
- bring about (syn: establish)
- 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 yelp
- endure the loss of (syn: sacrifice)
- place into the hands or custody of (syn: hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over)
- give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause (syn: commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote)
give one's talents to a good cause
- give (as medicine)
- give or convey physically (syn: apply)
- bestow (syn: render)
give homage
- bestow, especially officially (syn: grant)
give a divorce
- move in order to make room for someone for something (syn: ease up, move over, yield)
- give food to (syn: feed)
Don't give the child this tough meat
- contribute to some cause (syn: chip in, contribute, kick in)
- break down, literally or metaphorically (syn: break, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder)
- estimate the duration or outcome of something
- execute and deliver
- deliver in exchange or recompense
I'll give you three books for four CDs
- afford access to (syn: afford, open)
The French doors give onto a terrace
- present to view
- perform for an audience
- be flexible under stress of physical force (syn: yield)
This material doesn't give
- propose
- accord by verdict
give a decision for the plaintiff
- manifest or show
This student gives promise of real creativity
- offer in good faith
- submit for consideration, judgment, or use
give one's opinion
give an excuse
- guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
- allow to have or take
I give you two minutes to respond
- inflict as a punishment
- occur
what gives?
- consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man
- proffer (a body part)

Extra 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 ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime

Word forms

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