give

When you give something, you hand over possession to someone else. Give can also be a noun; a material that has give has the ability to stretch.

Just as you can take many things, so can you give many things. You can give a gift, give a party, or give your car keys to friend, but just temporarily. If you give someone a chance, you let them have an opportunity. If you give your word, you make a promise. If give your hand, you marry — or at least hold hands. You can also give by communicating or passing something on — like your regards, or a cold.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: give

1
v
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
2
v
manifest or show
3
v
dedicate
4
vn
be flexible under stress of physical force
the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
5
v
estimate the duration or outcome of something
6
v
guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
7
v
occur
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: give
1

v 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”
Antonyms:
take
take into one's possession
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cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
cough up, pony up, spit up
give reluctantly
lease, let, rent
grant use or occupation of under a term of contract
support
support materially or financially
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
accord, allot, grant
allow to have
allow, grant
let have
present, submit
hand over formally
bestow
give as a gift
heap
bestow in large quantities
administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
administer or bestow, as in small portions
offer, proffer
present for acceptance or rejection
chip in, contribute, kick in
contribute to some cause
render, return
give back
bank, deposit
put into a bank account
cede, concede, grant, yield
give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
lend, loan
give temporarily; let have for a limited time
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to
repay, requite
make repayment for or return something
dispense with, give up, part with, spare
give up what is not strictly needed
vest
place (authority, property, or rights) in the control of a person or group of persons
enfeoff
put in possession of land in exchange for a pledge of service, in feudal society
hydrate
supply water or liquid to in order to maintain a healthy balance
charge
energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge
date
provide with a dateline; mark with a date
staff
provide with staff
drench
force to drink
regale, treat
provide with choice or abundant food or drink
board
provide food and lodging (for)
feed
give food to
feed
serve as food for; be the food for
dish, dish out, dish up, serve, serve up
provide (usually but not necessarily food)
cater
supply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets
pander, pimp, procure
arrange for sexual partners for others
feed
feed into; supply
help, serve
help to some food; help with food or drink
power
supply the force or power for the functioning of
feed
provide as food
gratify, indulge, pander
yield (to); give satisfaction to
underlay
provide with a base, support, lining, or backing
fill, fulfil, fulfill, meet, satisfy
fill or meet a want or need
horse
provide with a horse or horses
shower
provide abundantly with
accommodate
provide with something desired or needed
nourish, nurture, sustain
provide with nourishment
fix up
find (something or someone) for
gutter
provide with gutters
calk
provide with calks
sublease, sublet
lease or rent all or part of (a leased or rented property) to another person
farm out, hire out, rent out
grant the services of or the temporary use of, for a fee
fund
furnish money for
fund
provide a fund for the redemption of principal or payment of interest
subsidise, subsidize
support through subsidies
subsidise, subsidize
secure the assistance of by granting a subsidy, as of nations or military forces
finance
obtain or provide money for
bring home the bacon, provide
supply means of subsistence; earn a living
see through
support financially through a period of time
patronise, patronize, sponsor
assume sponsorship of
scant, skimp, stint
supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
terrace, terrasse
provide (a house) with a terrace
dado
provide with a dado
innervate
supply nerves to (some organ or body part)
allot, assign, portion
give out
reallot
allot again
contribute, put up
provide
deal
distribute cards to the players in a game
compensate, recompense, remunerate
make payment to; compensate
overpay
pay too much
underpay
pay too little
prepay
pay for something before receiving it
go Dutch
share expenses equally and split the cost of something
compensate, indemnify, recompense, repair
make amends for; pay compensation for
tithe
pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church
remit
send (money) in payment
vouchsafe
grant in a condescending manner
allowance
put on a fixed allowance, as of food
pay off, redeem
pay off (loans or promissory notes)
bring in
submit (a verdict) to a court
trust
extend credit to
drop, expend, spend
pay out
advance
pay in advance
bribe, buy, corrupt, grease one's palms
make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
give back, refund, repay, return
pay back
foot, pick
pay for something
tender
make a tender of; in legal settlements
offer
make available or accessible, provide or furnish
signalise, signalize
provide with traffic signals
extend, offer
make available; provide
disburse, pay out
expend, as from a fund
combine
add together from different sources
apply
give or convey physically
feed back, resubmit
submit (information) again to a program or automatic system
redeposit
deposit once again
charge
pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt
pay cash
pay (for something) with cash
stock
provide or furnish with a stock of something
buy in, stock, stock up
amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use
caption
provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing
tube
provide with a tube or insert a tube into
ticket
provide with a ticket for passage or admission
stock
supply with livestock
stock
supply with fish
rim
furnish with a rim
fret
provide (a musical instrument) with frets
step
furnish with steps
rail
provide with rails
grate
furnish with a grate
capitalise, capitalize
supply with capital, as of a business by using a combination of capital used by investors and debt capital provided by lenders
alphabetize
provide with an alphabet
wharf
provide with a wharf
air-condition, air-cool
equip with an apparatus for controlling the humidity and temperature
uniform
provide with uniforms
railroad
supply with railroad lines
partner
provide with a partner
bewhisker, whisker
furnish with whiskers
subtitle
supply (a movie) with subtitles
headline
provide (a newspaper page or a story) with a headline
match
provide funds complementary to
hobnail
supply with hobnails
wive
provide with a wife; marry (someone) to a wife
victual
supply with food
cloy, surfeit
supply or feed to surfeit
heat
provide with heat
seat
provide with seats
seat
put a seat on a chair
ramp
furnish with a ramp
arm
supply with arms
interleave
provide (books) with blank leaves
glass, glaze
furnish with glass
crenel, crenelate, crenellate
supply with battlements
causeway
provide with a causeway
canal, canalise, canalize
provide (a city) with a canal
bush
provide with a bushing
brattice
supply with a brattice, to ventilate mines
furnish
provide or equip with furniture
slat
equip or bar with slats
berth
provide with a berth
bed
furnish with a bed
computerise, computerize
provide with computers
costume
furnish with costumes; as for a film or play
bottom
provide with a bottom or a seat
rafter
provide (a ceiling) with rafters
tool
furnish with tools
key
provide with a key
fuel
provide with a combustible substance that provides energy
provision, purvey
supply with provisions
afford, yield
be the cause or source of
equip, fit, fit out, outfit
provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
transistorise, transistorize
equip (an electronic circuit or device) with transistors
upholster
provide furniture with padding, springs, webbing, and covers
pay
make a compensation for
defray
bear the expenses of
cleat
provide with cleats
coal
supply with coal
corbel
furnish with a corbel
cornice
furnish with a cornice
constitutionalize
provide with a constitution, as of a country
copper-bottom
provide with a copper bottom
curtain
provide with drapery
gate
supply with a gate
index
provide with an index
articulate, joint
provide with a joint
kick back
pay a kickback; make an illegal payment
pour
supply in large amounts or quantities
pump
supply in great quantities
fire, fuel
provide with fuel
flood, glut, oversupply
supply with an excess of
toggle
provide with a toggle or toggles
patch
provide with a patch; also used metaphorically
water
provide with water
leverage
provide with leverage
tap
furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
top, top out
provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)
reflectorise, reflectorize
provide with reflectors, such as chemicals
retrofit
provide with parts, devices, or equipment not available or in use at the time of the original manufacture
border, edge
provide with a border or edge
machicolate
supply with projecting galleries
sanitate
provide with sanitary facilities or appliances
hat
furnish with a hat
theme
provide with a particular theme or motive
kern
furnish with a kern
headquarter
provide with headquarters
prefer
give preference to one creditor over another
enfranchise
grant voting rights
shelter
provide shelter for
Type of:
transfer
cause to change ownership

v place into the hands or custody of

Synonyms:
hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
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slip, sneak
pass on stealthily
deal
give (a specific card) to a player
deliver, fork out, fork over, fork up, hand over, render, turn in
to surrender someone or something to another
free, give up, release, relinquish, resign
part with a possession or right
commit, confide, entrust, intrust, trust
confer a trust upon
entrust, leave
put into the care or protection of someone
commend
give to in charge
derequisition
release from government control
bail
deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
give away
formally hand over to the bridegroom in marriage; of a bride by her father
sacrifice
endure the loss of
charge, consign
give over to another for care or safekeeping
recommit
commit again
obligate
commit in order to fulfill an obligation
Type of:
transfer
cause to change ownership

v give (as medicine)

“I gave him the drug”
Synonyms
apply
give or convey physically
Type of:
administer, dispense
give or apply (medications)

v give food to

“don't give the child this tough meat”
Synonyms:
feed
Antonyms:
famish, starve
deprive of food
starve
deprive of a necessity and cause suffering
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dine
give dinner to; host for dinner
scavenge
feed on carrion or refuse
fodder
give fodder (to domesticated animals)
slop, swill
feed pigs
regurgitate
feed through the beak by regurgitating previously swallowed food
corn
feed (cattle) with corn
malnourish, undernourish
provide with insufficient quality or quantity of nourishment
overfeed
feed excessively
spoonfeed
feed with a spoon
force-feed
feed someone who will not or cannot eat
lunch
provide a midday meal for
breakfast
provide breakfast for
breastfeed, give suck, lactate, nurse, suck, suckle, wet-nurse
give suck to
bottlefeed
feed (infants) with a bottle
inject
feed intravenously
aliment, nourish, nutrify
give nourishment to
range
let eat
crop, graze, pasture
let feed in a field or pasture or meadow
grass
feed with grass
drift
drive slowly and far afield for grazing
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

v deliver in exchange or recompense

“I'll give you three books for four CDs”
Type of:
compensate, indemnify, recompense, repair
make amends for; pay compensation for

v give or convey physically

“She gave him First Aid”
“I gave him a punch in the nose”
Synonyms:
apply
Types:
tread
apply (the tread) to a tire
administer
perform (a church sacrament) ritually
insufflate
breathe or blow onto as a ritual or sacramental act, especially so as to symbolize the action of the Holy Spirit
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administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
administer or bestow, as in small portions

v cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense

“She gave him a black eye”
“The draft gave me a cold”
Synonyms
afford, yield
be the cause or source of
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infect
communicate a disease to
award, grant
give as judged due or on the basis of merit
deliver, drive home
carry out or perform
canker
infect with a canker
pension, pension off
grant a pension to
land
deliver (a blow)

v be the cause or source of

“He gave me a lot of trouble”
Synonyms:
afford, yield
Types:
open, open up
make available
allow, allow for, leave, provide
make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v cause to happen or be responsible for

“His two singles gave the team the victory”
Synonyms:
yield
generate, render, return, yield
give or supply
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v inflict as a punishment

“She gave the boy a good spanking”
“The judge gave me 10 years”
Type of:
bring down, impose, inflict, visit
impose something unpleasant

v give as a present; make a gift of

“What will you give her for her birthday?”
Synonyms:
gift, present
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dower, endow
furnish with an endowment
distribute, give out, hand out, pass out
give to several people
give away
make a gift of
raffle, raffle off
dispose of in a lottery
bung, fee, tip
give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on
bequeath, leave, will
leave or give by will after one's death
cede, deliver, give up, surrender
relinquish possession or control over
deed over, grant
transfer by deed
treat
provide with a gift or entertainment
donate
give to a charity or good cause
tender
offer or present for acceptance
render, submit
make over as a return
benefice
endow with a benefice
devise
give by will, especially real property
pass on
give to or transfer possession of
yield up
surrender, as a result of pressure or force
sell
give up for a price or reward
apportion, deal, divvy up, portion out, share
give out as one's portion or share
pledge, subscribe
pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals
sign away, sign over
formally assign ownership of
remember
show appreciation to
entail, fee-tail
limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

v contribute to some cause

“I gave at the office”
Synonyms:
chip in, contribute, kick in
Types:
combine
add together from different sources

v 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?”
Type of:
hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
place into the hands or custody of

v proffer (a body part)

“She gave her hand to her little sister”
Type of:
offer, proffer
present for acceptance or rejection

v convey or reveal information

Give one's name”
Synonyms
impart, leave, pass on
transmit (knowledge or skills)
Types:
quote
name the price of
cast
deposit
underquote
quote a price lower than that quoted by (another seller)
Type of:
say, state, tell
express in words

v transmit (knowledge or skills)

give a secret to the Russians”
Synonyms:
impart, leave, pass on
bequeath, leave, will
leave or give by will after one's death
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convey
make known; pass on, of information
give thanks, thank
express gratitude or show appreciation to
hint, suggest
drop a hint; intimate by a hint
say
communicate or express nonverbally
look
convey by one's expression
flash
make known or cause to appear with great speed
breathe
manifest or evince
evince, express, show
give expression to
intend, mean
mean or intend to express or convey
Type of:
tell
let something be known

v present to view

“He gave the sign to start”
Type of:
show
make visible or noticeable

v convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow

give the orders”
Give him my best regards”
Synonyms:
pay
Types:
extend, offer
offer verbally
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v submit for consideration, judgment, or use

give one's opinion”
give an excuse”
Type of:
subject, submit
refer for judgment or consideration

v offer in good faith

“He gave her his word”
Synonyms
commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
Type of:
pledge
give as a guarantee

v convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture

“She gave me a dirty look”
Synonyms:
throw
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v emit or utter

Give a gulp”
give a yelp”
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v allow to have or take

“I give you two minutes to respond”
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v give or supply

Synonyms:
generate, render, return, yield
yield
cause to happen or be responsible for
establish
bring about
Type of:
create, make, produce
create or manufacture a man-made product

v bring about

Synonyms:
establish
generate, render, return, yield
give or supply
Types:
introduce
bring in or establish in a new place or environment
pacify
fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)
interpose
introduce
Type of:
create, make
make or cause to be or to become

v bestow

give homage”
Synonyms:
render
Types:
dedicate
inscribe or address by way of compliment
inscribe
address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v bestow, especially officially

give a divorce”
Synonyms:
grant

v execute and deliver

Give bond”
Type of:
execute
carry out the legalities of

v accord by verdict

give a decision for the plaintiff”
Synonyms
render
bestow
Type of:
accord, allot, grant
allow to have
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v manifest or show

“This student gives promise of real creativity”
“The office gave evidence of tampering”
Type of:
evince, express, show
give expression to

v organize or be responsible for

give a course”
Synonyms:
have, hold, make, throw
Type of:
direct
be in charge of

v propose

“He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party”
Type of:
drink, pledge, salute, toast, wassail
propose a toast to

v perform for an audience

“Pollini is giving another concert in New York”
Type of:
perform
give a performance (of something)
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v dedicate

give thought to”
give priority to”
Synonyms:
devote, pay
sacrifice
endure the loss of
Type of:
cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

v give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause

give one's talents to a good cause”
Synonyms:
commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote
sacrifice
endure the loss of
Types:
consecrate, vow
dedicate to a deity by a vow
rededicate
dedicate anew
apply
apply oneself to
Type of:
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

v endure the loss of

“He gave his life for his children”
“I gave two sons to the war”
Synonyms:
sacrifice
devote, pay
dedicate
commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote
give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
Type of:
free, give up, release, relinquish, resign
part with a possession or right

v consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man

“She gave herself to many men”
Type of:
accept, consent, go for
give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
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v be flexible under stress of physical force

“This material doesn't give
Synonyms:
yield
Type of:
stretch
become longer by being stretched and pulled

v break down, literally or metaphorically

“The wall gave in”
“The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice”
Synonyms:
break, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give way
abandon, give up
stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
burst, collapse
cause to burst
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go off, implode
burst inward
buckle, crumple
fold or collapse
flop
fall loosely
break
curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
sink, slide down, slump
fall or sink heavily
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v move in order to make room for someone for something

“The park gave way to a supermarket”
Synonyms:
ease up, give way, move over, yield
abandon, give up
stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v afford access to

“The French doors give onto a terrace”
Synonyms:
afford, open

n the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length

Synonyms:
spring, springiness
Type of:
elasticity, snap
the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
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v estimate the duration or outcome of something

“He gave the patient three months to live”
“I gave him a very good chance at success”
Type of:
approximate, estimate, gauge, guess, judge
judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
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v guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion

“You gave me to think that you agreed with me”
Type of:
lead
cause to undertake a certain action
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v occur

“what gives?”
Type of:
come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
come to pass
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