Translation of "give" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /ɡɪv/ us /ɡɪv/ present participle giving, past tense gave, past participle given

A1 to provide someone with something

I gave her a bike for her birthday.
Do you give / money to charity?

A2 to put something in someone’s hand so that they can use it or look at it

Can you give me that pen?

A2 to tell someone something

Can you give Jo a message?

B1 to do an action

He gave her a kiss.

B1 to produce or cause something

What you said has given me an idea.
That book gave me an idea.

B1 to allow someone to have something, such as a right or an opportunity

We didn’t really give him a chance to explain.

B1 to allow someone or something a particular amount of time

I’m nearly ready – just give me a few minutes.

B1 to pay someone a particular amount of money for something

I gave him $20 for his old camera.

to perform or speak in public

Tony gave a great speech.

(Translation of “give” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /ɡiv/ (past tense gave /ɡeiv/, past participle given)

to cause to have

dar, regalar
My aunt gave me a book for Christmas
Can you give me an opinion on this?

to produce (something)

Cows give milk, but horses do not
He gave a talk on his travels.

to yield, bend, break etc

ceder, dar de sí
This lock looks solid, but it will give under pressure.

to organize (some event etc)

dar, celebrar, organizar
We’re giving a party next week.
given adjective


The computer will execute the command at the given time.

(with to) in the habit of (doing) something

dado a, propenso a
He’s given to making stupid remarks.

taking (something) as a fact

dado, considerando, teniendo en cuenta
Given that x equals three, x plus two equals five.
given name noun

(American) a personal or Christian name.

nombre de pila
give and take

willingness to allow someone something in return for being allowed something oneself

toma y daca, concesiones mutuas
In every relationship there has to be a certain amount of give and take.
give away phrasal verb

to give etc (something) to someone (eg because one no longer wants it)

dar, regalar; deshacerse de
I’m going to give all my old clothes away to charity.

to cause or allow (information etc ) to become known usually accidentally

revelar, descubrir, dejar escapar
He gave away our hiding-place
(noun give-away) the lingering smell was a give-away.
give back phrasal verb

to return something

She gave me back the book that she had borrowed last week.
give in phrasal verb

to stop fighting and admit defeat; to yield

The soldiers were outnumbered and gave in to the enemy.

to hand or bring (something) to someone (often a person in authority)

Do we have to give in our books at the end of the lesson?
give off phrasal verb

to produce

emitir, soltar, producir
That fire is giving off a lot of smoke.
give or take

allowing for the addition or subtraction of

más o menos
I weigh sixty-five kilos, give or take a little (= approximately sixty-five kilos).
give out phrasal verb

to give, usually to several people

repartir, distribuir
The headmaster’s wife gave out the school prizes.

to come to an end

terminar, llegar al límite
My patience gave out.

to produce

producir, causar, emitir
The fire gave out a lot of heat.
give rise to

to cause

dar lugar, provocar, causar
The train strike gave rise to a large number of problems for commuters.
give up phrasal verb

to stop, abandon

dejar de, abandonar; rendirse
They gave up the search.

to stop using etc

renunciar a, desistir
You’ll have to give up cigarettes
I won’t give up all my hobbies for you.

to hand over (eg oneself or something that one has) to someone else

ceder, renunciar a, sacrificar
He was eventually persuaded to give up the stolen jewels.

to devote (time etc) to doing something

sacrificar, consagrar, dedicar
He gave up all his time to gardening.

(often with asor for) to consider (a person, thing etc) to be

dar por
You took so long to arrive that we had almost given you up (for lost).
give way

to stop in order to allow eg traffic to pass

ceder el paso
Give way to traffic coming from the right.

to break, collapse etc under pressure

The bridge will give way any day now.

to agree against one’s will

ceder ante
I have no intention of giving way to demands like that.

(Translation of “give” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)