Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
  2. (verb, body) proffer (a body part)
  3. (verb, body) consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man
  4. (verb, change) occur
  5. (verb, cognition) estimate the duration or outcome of something
    I gave him a very good chance at success
  6. (verb, cognition) dedicate
    give priority to
    pay attention to
  7. (verb, communication) inflict as a punishment
    The judge gave me 10 years
  8. (verb, communication) allow to have or take
  9. (verb, communication) guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
  10. (verb, communication) submit for consideration, judgment, or use
    give an excuse
  11. (verb, communication) give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
    give one's talents to a good cause
    consecrate your life to the church
  12. (verb, communication) offer in good faith
  13. (verb, communication) manifest or show
    The office gave evidence of tampering
  14. (verb, communication) convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture
    She gave me a dirty look
  15. (verb, communication) convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow
    give the orders
    Give him my best regards
    pay attention
  16. (verb, communication) bestow
    render thanks
  17. (verb, communication) accord by verdict
  18. (verb, consumption) propose
  19. (verb, consumption) give food to
    don't give the child this tough meat
  20. (verb, contact) be flexible under stress of physical force
  21. (verb, creation) give or supply
    This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn
    The estate renders some revenue for the family
  22. (verb, creation) cause to happen or be responsible for
  23. (verb, creation) bring about
  24. (verb, creation) perform for an audience
  25. (verb, creation) present to view
  26. (verb, creation) organize or be responsible for
    have, throw, or make a party
    give a course
  27. (verb, motion) move in order to make room for someone for something
    `Move over,' he told the crowd
  28. (verb, motion) break down, literally or metaphorically
    The business collapsed
    The dam broke
    The roof collapsed
    The wall gave in
    The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice
  29. (verb, possession) transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    can you give me lessons?
    She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care
  30. (verb, possession) leave with; give temporarily
    Can I give you the children for the weekend?
  31. (verb, possession) give as a present; make a gift of
  32. (verb, possession) place into the hands or custody of
    Turn the files over to me, please
    He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers
  33. (verb, possession) convey or reveal information
  34. (verb, possession) transmit (knowledge or skills)
    leave your name and address here
    impart a new skill to the students
  35. (verb, possession) contribute to some cause
  36. (verb, possession) give or convey physically
    I gave him a punch in the nose
  37. (verb, possession) give (as medicine)
  38. (verb, possession) cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
    The draft gave me a cold
  39. (verb, possession) bestow, especially officially
    give a divorce
    This bill grants us new rights
  40. (verb, possession) be the cause or source of
    Our meeting afforded much interesting information
  41. (verb, possession) endure the loss of
    I gave two sons to the war
  42. (verb, possession) afford access to
    The French doors give onto a terrace
  43. (verb, possession) deliver in exchange or recompense
  44. (verb, social) emit or utter
    give a yelp
  45. (verb, social) execute and deliver

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Antonyms of Give


Alternate forms of Give

Derivations: give, giver, giving

Hyponyms: accord, administer, aliment, allot, allow, allow for, apply, award, bank, bequeath, bestow, bottlefeed, break, breakfast, breastfeed, buckle, bung, cast, cater, cede, chip in, combine, commit, concede, confide, consecrate, contribute, convey, corn, cough up, crop, crumple, deal, deal out, dedicate, deed over, deliver, deposit, dine, dish out, dispense, dispense with, distribute, dole out, donate, dower, drive home, endow, enfeoff, entrust, extend, fee, flop, fodder, force-feed, fork out, fork over, fork up, free, furnish, give, give away, give out, give suck, give up, go off, grant, graze, hand out, hand over, heap, implode, infect, inject, introduce, intrust, kick in, lactate, lease, leave, lend, let, loan, lot, lunch, malnourish, mete out, nourish, nurse, nutrify, offer, open, open up, overfeed, pacify, parcel out, part with, pass out, pasture, pay, ply, pony up, present, proffer, provide, quote, raffle, raffle off, range, rededicate, regurgitate, release, relinquish, render, rent, repay, requite, resign, return, scavenge, shell out, sink, slide down, slip, slop, slump, sneak, spare, spit up, spoonfeed, submit, suck, suckle, supply, support, surrender, swill, tender, tip, tread, treat, trust, turn in, undernourish, vest, vow, wet-nurse, will, yield

Hypernyms: accept, accord, administer, allot, allow, apply, approximate, bring down, cater, cerebrate, change, cogitate, come about, communicate, compensate, consent, countenance, create, deal, deal out, direct, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, drink, elasticity, emit, employ, estimate, evince, execute, express, fall out, free, furnish, gauge, give, give up, go for, go on, grant, guess, hand, hap, happen, impose, indemnify, inflict, intercommunicate, judge, lead, let, let loose, let out, lot, make, mete out, move, occur, offer, parcel out, pass, pass off, pass on, perform, permit, pledge, ply, produce, proffer, provide, reach, recompense, release, relinquish, render, repair, resign, salute, say, shell out, show, snap, state, stretch, subject, submit, supply, take place, tell, think, toast, transfer, turn over, use, utilise, utilize, utter, visit, wassail

Origin of the word Give

  1. O.E. giefan (W. Saxon), class V strong verb (past tense geaf, pp. giefen), from P.Gmc. *gebanan (cf. O.Fris. jeva, M.Du. gheven, Ger. geben, Goth. giban), from PIE *ghab(h)- "to take, hold, have, give" (see habit). It became yiven in M.E., but changed to guttural "g" by infl. of O.N. gefa "to give," O.… more

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Words that sound like Give

gaap, gab, gaba, gabby, gaff, gaffe, gap, gape, gas up, gasify, gasp, gavia, gawp, gazebo, gb, gbu-28, geb, ghb, gib, gibe, gip, give away, give off, give up

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