Definition of "give" [give]

  • To make a present of: We gave her flowers for her birthday. (verb-transitive)
  • To place in the hands of; pass: Give me the scissors. (verb-transitive)
  • To deliver in exchange or recompense; pay: gave five dollars for the book. (verb-transitive)
  • To let go for a price; sell: gave the used car away for two thousand dollars. (verb-transitive)
  • To administer: give him some cough medicine. (verb-transitive)
  • To present or deliver voluntarily (something that is one's own) to the permanent possession of another or others (verb)

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  • To transfer (something that is one's own, esp money) to the possession of another as part of an exchange (verb)
  • To place in the temporary possession of another (verb)
  • To grant, provide, or bestow (verb)
  • To administer (verb)
  • To award or attribute (verb)
  • To be a source of (verb)
  • To impart or communicate (verb)
  • To utter or emit (verb)
  • To perform, make, or do (verb)
  • To sacrifice or devote (verb)
  • To surrender (verb)
  • To concede or yield (verb)
  • To happen (verb)
  • To cause; lead (verb)
  • To value (something) at (verb)
  • To perform or present as an entertainment (verb)
  • To propose as a toast (verb)
  • To yield or break under force or pressure (verb)
  • A tendency to yield under pressure; resilience (noun)

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Use "give" in a sentence
  • "As I feel exonerated from the last charge, and being in a certain degree called on to give my evidence relative to 21st February last; and as the rank I hold in society will _give weight_ to my _testimony, with the witnesses_ I shall bring forward on the occasion, I feel justified in the steps I am about to take, nor can your"
  • "Putting the animal out to grass for a couple of months will generally renovate the constitution and remove the tendency to hove; and after being taken up from grass, with a man in charge who knows what to give and _what not to give_, the animal may go on for a few months longer, and with great attention may at last prove a winner."
  • "For not only do all the radioactive substances give off particles of helium gas positively electrified, but _all bodies, no matter what their composition_, can by suitable treatment, such as exposing them to ultra-violet light, or raising them to incandescence, be made to _give off electrons_ or negatively charged particles, and _these electrons are always the same no matter from what kind of substance they come_."