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Definitions of give:

  • noun:   the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
  • verb:   transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    Example: "Can you give me lessons?"
  • verb:   leave with; give temporarily
    Example: "Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?"
  • verb:   give as a present; make a gift of
    Example: "What will you give her for her birthday?"
  • verb:   convey or reveal information
    Example: "Give one's name"
  • verb:   give or convey physically
  • verb:   give (as medicine)
  • verb:   cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
  • verb:   deliver in exchange or recompense
    Example: "I'll give you three books for four CDs"
  • verb:   emit or utter
    Example: "Give a gulp"
  • verb:   execute and deliver
    Example: "Give bond"
  • verb:   occur
    Example: "What gives?"
  • verb:   estimate the duration or outcome of something
  • verb:   dedicate
    Example: "Give thought to"
  • verb:   inflict as a punishment
  • verb:   allow to have or take
    Example: "I give you two minutes to respond"
  • verb:   guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
  • verb:   submit for consideration, judgment, or use
    Example: "Give one's opinion"
  • verb:   give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
    Example: "Give one's talents to a good cause"
  • verb:   offer in good faith
  • verb:   manifest or show
    Example: "This student gives promise of real creativity"
  • verb:   convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture
  • verb:   convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow
    Example: "Give the orders"
  • verb:   bestow
    Example: "Give hommage"
  • verb:   legal use: accord by verdict
    Example: "Give a decision for the plaintiff"
  • verb:   proffer (a body part)
  • verb:   consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man
  • verb:   propose
  • verb:   be flexible under stress of physical force
    Example: "This material doesn't give"
  • verb:   bring about
  • verb:   perform for an audience
  • verb:   present to view
  • verb:   contribute to some cause
  • verb:   bestow, especially officially
    Example: "Give a divorce"
  • verb:   be the cause or source of
  • verb:   endure the loss of
  • verb:   give food to
    Example: "Don't give the child this tough meat"
  • verb:   tell or deposit (information) knowledge
    Example: "Give a secret to the Russians"
  • verb:   afford access to
    Example: "The French doors give onto a terrace"
  • verb:   move in order to make room for someone for something
  • verb:   give or supply
  • verb:   break down, literally or metaphorically
  • verb:   organize or be responsible for
    Example: "Give a course"
  • verb:   place into the hands or custody of


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