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give

verb (PROVIDE)    /ɡɪv/ (gave, given)
A1 [I or T] to offer something to someone, or to provide someone with something: [+ two objects] She gave us a set of saucepans as a wedding present. Can you give me a date for another appointment? They never gave me a chance/choice. Has the director given you permission to do that? [+ adv/prep] We always try to give to charity. We're collecting for the children's home - please give generously. The police gave (out) road-safety booklets to the children (= gave them to all the children). Please give (up) your seat to an elderly or disabled person if they require it.Giving, providing and supplying B1 [T] to pay someone a particular amount: I gave £40 for this pump and it's broken already!Paying and spending money give of your money, time, etc. formal to give your money, time, or best efforts, especially in a way that seems generous: We're very grateful to all the people who have given of their time.UK She wasn't feeling well, so I don't think she gave of her best tonight.Giving, providing and supplying give (sth) your all (US also give (sth)your best) old-fashioned to put a lot of effort into doing something: We must be finished by tonight, so I want you to give it your all.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy A2 [T] to tell someone something: The winner's name was given (out)/They gave the winner's name (out) on the news. [+ two objects] Can you give Jo a message for me?Announcing, informing and stating [T] to punish someone by sending them to prison for a particular period: [+ two objects] If you're found guilty, they'll give you three years.Putting people in prison B1 [T] to allow a person or activity a particular amount of time: [+ two objects] I'm nearly ready - just give me a couple of minutes.Allowing and permitting [T] informal to calculate that something will last a particular amount of time: [+ two objects] Look at that old car she's bought - I give it two weeks before it breaks down.Predicting things and intuition
(Definition of give verb (PROVIDE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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