give (?), v. t. to afford a view of; as, his window gave the park.
give (g&ibreve;v), v. t. [imp. gave (gāv); p. p. given (g&ibreve;v”‘n); p. pr. & vb. n. giving.] [oe. given, yiven, yeven, as. gifan, giefan; akin to d. geven, os. ge?an, ohg. geban, g. geben, icel. gefa, sw. gifva, dan. give, goth. giban. cf. gift, n.]
1. to bestow without receiving a return; to confer without compensation; to impart, as a possession; to grant, as authority or permission; to yield up or allow. for generous lords had rather give than pay.
2. to yield possesion of; to deliver over, as property, in exchange for something; to pay; as, we give the value of what we buy. what shall a man give in exchange for his soul ? xvi. 26.
3. to yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, flint and steel give sparks.
4. to communicate or announce, as advice, tidings, etc.; to pronounce; to render or utter, as an opinion, a judgment, a sentence, a shout, etc.
5. to grant power or license to; to permit; to allow; to license; to commission. it is given me once again to behold my friend. then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine.
6. to exhibit as a product or result; to produce; to show; as, the number of men, divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred to each ship.
7. to devote; to apply; used reflexively, to devote or apply one’s self; as, the soldiers give themselves to plunder; also in this sense used very frequently in the past participle; as, the people are given to luxury and pleasure; the youth is given to study.
8. (logic & math.) to set forth as a known quantity or a known relation, or as a premise from which to reason; — used principally in the passive form given.
9. to allow or admit by way of supposition. i give not heaven for lost. –mlton.
10. to attribute; to assign; to adjudge. i don’t wonder at people’s giving him to me as a lover.
11. to excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, to give offense; to give pleasure or pain.
12. to pledge; as, to give one’s word.
13. to cause; to make; — with the infinitive; as, to give one to understand, to know, etc. but there the duke was given to understand that in a gondola were seen together lorenzo and his amorous jessica.
1. give out freely [syn: distribute, give out, hand out]
2. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; “the auction house would not disclose the price at which the van gogh had sold”; “the actress won’t reveal how old she is”; “bring out the truth”; “he broke the news to her” [syn: disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, declare, divulge, impart, break, let out]
3. formally hand over to the bridegroom in marriage; of a bride by her father
4. give away information about somebody; “he told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam” [syn: denounce, tell on , betray, rat, grass, peach, shit, shop, snitch, stag]
give away sth or give sth away
to give something to someone without asking for payment
I gave away my old pans to a friend who’s just set up home. [often + to]
We’re giving away free shampoo samples as a promotion.
something given free to a customer
I was amazed by the number of give-aways you get when you fly first-class.
He’d seen adverts for leather jackets at give-away prices. (= very low prices) [used as adj]
to let someone know something that should be kept secret, often by mistake
If you tell her any more you’ll give the end of the film away.
It was meant to be a surprise until Caroline gave it away.
You don’t want to give too much away about a product before it’s on the market.
Don’t tell him too much or you’ll give the game away. (= tell someone something that should be secret)
something that makes you aware of a fact that someone else was trying to keep secret
‘So how do you know she’s smoking again?’ ‘Well, the cigarette packets lying around are a give-away!’
INFORMAL It’s the unnatural orange colour of fake-tan – it’s a dead give-away. (= it is very obvious that it is false)
to give your opponent in sport an advantage [e.g. goal, penalty] by playing badly
Luton’s poor defense gave away three goals to Coventry.
give sb away
to do something by accident that lets someone know something about yourself that you were trying to keep secret
His voice seems quite calm but his trembling hands give him away.
You give yourself away by trying too hard to seem cheerful. [often reflexive]
give away sb or give sb away
to formally bring a bride a woman who is getting married to her husband at the front of the church and give permission for her to marry
The bride’s father usually gives her away.
(British & Australian) to give a baby to someone else so that they can look after that child as their own until he or she is an adult
Her first child, born when she was 17, was given away at birth.
1. have as a by-product: “the big cities gave off so many wonderful american qualities”
2. give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.; “the ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits.” [syn: emit, give out]
3. give out or emit; “the room effuses happiness” [syn: effuse]
4. expel, as of gases and odors [syn: emit, breathe, pass off ]
give off sth
to produce heat, light, a smell, or a gas
I’ve only got a small radiator in my room and it doesn’t give off much heat.
The petrol tank was on fire and it was giving off clouds of thick black smoke.
if someone gives off a particular quality, their behaviour or appearance makes you believe that they have that quality
Although he came from a working-class family, he gave off a certain air of nobility.
1. submit or yield to another’s wish or opinion; “the government bowed to the military pressure” [syn: submit, bow, defer, accede]
2. consent reluctantly [syn: yield, succumb, knuckle under, buckle under]
to finally agree to what someone wants after a period when you refuse to agree
He nagged me so much to buy him a new bike that eventually I just gave in.
The government cannot be seen to give in to terrorists’ demands. [often + to]
to accept that you have been defeated and agree to stop competing or fighting
She knew she’d lost the argument but she wouldn’t give in.
You’ll never guess the answer. Do you give in?
give in sth or give sth in
to give a piece of written work or a document to someone for them to read, judge, or deal with
Have you given in your essay yet?
We want to get 5000 signatures before we give the petition in.
give in to sth
if you give in to an emotion or desire, you stop trying not to feel it and you allow your actions to be controlled by that emotion or desire
Certainly he felt the pull of self-pity, but he never once gave in to it.
I’ve been craving chocolate all morning but I refuse to give in to it.
v : pay back; “please refund me my money” [syn: refund, return, repay]
give back sth or give sth back
to return something to the person who gave it to you
I must give you back that book you lent me.
give sb sth back
to make someone have a quality or ability again after they had lost it or after it was taken away from them
She will undergo an operation which will give her her sight back.
Nothing could give him his dignity back.
1. give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.; “the ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits.” [syn: emit, give off ]
2. give out freely [syn: give away, distribute, hand out]
3. prove insufficient; “the water supply for the town failed after a long drought” [syn: fail, run out]
4. stop operating or ********ing; “the engine finally went”; “the car died on the road”; “the bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town”; “the coffee maker broke”; “the engine failed on the way to town”; “her eyesight went after the accident” [syn: fail, go bad, give way, die, conk out, go, break, break down]
give out sth or give sth out
to give something to a large number of people
I’ve said I’ll give out leaflets for them in town.
One of the government’s proposals is to give out condoms in high schools.
to tell people information
The winners’ names were given out on the radio last night. [usually passive]
if a supply of something gives out, it finishes and there is none left
The food supplies will give out by the end of the week.
Eventually my patience gave out and I shouted at her.
if something gives out, it stops working because it is old, damaged, or has been used too much
It was on the twenty-first mile that my legs gave out.
I’ll stop speaking now because I think my voice is about to give out.
The car’s at the garage – the clutch has finally given out.
if a road or path gives out, it ends at a particular place
The trail gave out half way around the lake.
give out sth
to make a sound
He gave out a low moan.
Suddenly she gave out a loud scream and clutched at me.
to produce light, heat, or a gas
Is that radiator giving out any heat?
Fluorescent lamps give out a brighter light for the same amount of electricity.