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giveverb

 us   /ɡɪv/ (present participle giving, past tense gave, past participle given)

give verb (OFFER)

[T] to offer something of your own to another person or thing, or to allow something you own or control to be owned or used by another: We’re collecting for the Red Crossplease give what you can. We’re giving Helen a salad bowl/We’re giving a salad bowl to Helen as a wedding present. Give me back my book/Give my book back (= Return my book). Give her enough time (= Allow her to have enough time) to finish the exam.

give verb (PRODUCE)

[T] to produce or cause something: He gave me a hard push. Give me a phone call when you get home. The president is giving a speech tonight. The fresh air gave us an appetite (= made us hungry). We’re giving a birthday party for Kareem. He gave me the impression (= He made me think) that the deal would go through. This car has given (= caused) me lots of trouble ever since I got it.

give verb (STRETCH)

[I] to stretch or become looser: New shoes will give a little after you’ve worn them a few times. fig. The negotiations are completely deadlocked, and neither side will give an inch (= each refuses to change its position even a little).
give
noun [U]  us   /ɡɪv/
A cotton sweater doesn’t have much give.
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