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.

Definitions of give
  1. verb
    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”
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    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, 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
    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
    alphabetise, 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, fringe
    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
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    transfer
    cause to change ownership
  2. verb
    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
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    transfer
    cause to change ownership
  3. verb
    give (as medicine)
    Synonyms:
    apply
    give or convey physically
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    administer, dispense
    give or apply (medications)
  4. verb
    give food to
    “don't give the child this tough meat”
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    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
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    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  5. verb
    deliver in exchange or recompense
    “I'll give you three books for four CDs”
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    compensate, indemnify, recompense, repair
    make amends for; pay compensation for
  6. verb
    give or convey physically
    “She gave him First Aid”
    “I gave him a punch in the nose”
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    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, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
  7. verb
    cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
    “She gave him a black eye”
    “The draft gave me a cold”
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    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)
  8. verb
    be the cause or source of
    “He gave me a lot of trouble”
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    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
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  9. verb
    cause to happen or be responsible for
    “His two singles gave the team the victory”
    synonyms: yield
    generate, render, return, yield
    give or supply
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  10. verb
    inflict as a punishment
    “The judge gave me 10 years”
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    bring down, impose, inflict, visit
    impose something unpleasant
  11. verb
    give as a present; make a gift of
    “What will you give her for her birthday?”
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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
  12. verb
    contribute to some cause
    “I gave at the office”
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    combine
    add together from different sources
  13. verb
    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?”
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    hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
    place into the hands or custody of
  14. verb
    proffer (a body part)
    “She gave her hand to her little sister”
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    offer, proffer
    present for acceptance or rejection
  15. verb
    convey or reveal information
    Give one's name”
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    impart, leave, pass on
    transmit (knowledge or skills)
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    quote
    name the price of
    cast
    deposit
    underquote
    quote a price lower than that quoted by (another seller)
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    say, state, tell
    express in words
  16. verb
    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
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    tell
    let something be known
  17. verb
    present to view
    “He gave the sign to start”
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    show
    make visible or noticeable
  18. verb
    convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow
    give the orders”
    Give him my best regards”
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    extend, offer
    offer verbally
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  19. verb
    submit for consideration, judgment, or use
    give one's opinion”
    give an excuse”
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    subject, submit
    refer for judgment or consideration
  20. verb
    offer in good faith
    “He gave her his word”
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    commit, consecrate, dedicate, devote
    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
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    pledge
    give as a guarantee
  21. verb
    convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture
    “She gave me a dirty look”
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  22. verb
    emit or utter
    Give a gulp”
    give a yelp”
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    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  23. verb
    allow to have or take
    “I give you two minutes to respond”
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    allow, countenance, let, permit
    consent to, give permission
  24. verb
    give or supply
    synonyms: generate, render, return, yield
    yield
    cause to happen or be responsible for
    establish
    bring about
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    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
  25. verb
    bring about
    synonyms: establish
    generate, render, return, yield
    give or supply
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    introduce
    bring in or establish in a new place or environment
    pacify
    fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)
    interpose
    introduce
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  26. verb
    bestow
    give homage”
    synonyms: render
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    dedicate
    inscribe or address by way of compliment
    inscribe
    address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  27. verb
    bestow, especially officially
    give a divorce”
    synonyms: grant
  28. verb
    execute and deliver
    Give bond”
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    execute
    carry out the legalities of
  29. verb
    accord by verdict
    give a decision for the plaintiff”
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    render
    bestow
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    accord, allot, grant
    allow to have
  30. verb
    manifest or show
    “This student gives promise of real creativity”
    “The office gave evidence of tampering”
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    evince, express, show
    give expression to
  31. verb
    organize or be responsible for
    give a course”
    synonyms: have, hold, make, throw
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    direct
    be in charge of
  32. verb
    propose
    “He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party”
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    drink, pledge, salute, toast, wassail
    propose a toast to
  33. verb
    perform for an audience
    “Pollini is giving another concert in New York”
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    perform
    give a performance (of something)
  34. verb
    dedicate
    give thought to”
    give priority to”
    synonyms: devote, pay
    sacrifice
    endure the loss of
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    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
  35. verb
    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
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    consecrate, vow
    dedicate to a deity by a vow
    rededicate
    dedicate anew
    apply
    apply oneself to
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    apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
  36. verb
    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
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    free, give up, release, relinquish, resign
    part with a possession or right
  37. verb
    consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man
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    accept, consent, go for
    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
  38. verb
    be flexible under stress of physical force
    “This material doesn't give
    synonyms: yield
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    stretch
    become longer by being stretched and pulled
  39. verb
    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
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  40. verb
    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
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  41. verb
    afford access to
    “The French doors give onto a terrace”
    synonyms: afford, open
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    democratize
    make something accessible, available, or appealing to everyone
  42. noun
    the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
    synonyms: spring, springiness
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    elasticity, snap
    the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
  43. verb
    estimate the duration or outcome of something
    “He gave the patient three months to live”
    “I gave him a very good chance at success”
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    approximate, estimate, gauge, guess, judge
    judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time)
  44. verb
    guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
    “You gave me to think that you agreed with me”
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    lead
    cause to undertake a certain action
  45. verb
    occur
    “what gives?”
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