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English definition of “give”


verb [I] (STRETCH)   /ɡɪv/ (present participle giving, past tense gave, past participle given)
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    /ɡɪv/ noun [U] A cotton sweater doesn’t have much give.
(Definition of give verb (STRETCH) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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