give Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “give” in the English Dictionary

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uk   us   /ɡɪv/ (gave, given)

give verb (PROVIDE)

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 ​weddingpresent. 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 tocharity. 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 ​disabledperson if they need it.B1 [T] to ​pay someone a ​particularamount: I gave the ​taxidriver £20 and told him to ​keep the ​change.give of your money, time, etc. formal to give ​yourmoney, ​time, or ​bestefforts, ​especially in a way that ​seemsgenerous: We're very ​grateful to all the ​people who have given of ​theirtime.UK She wasn't ​feeling well, so I don't ​think she gave of her besttonight.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.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? [T] to ​punish someone by ​sending them to ​prison for a ​particularperiod: [+ two objects] If you're ​foundguilty, they'll give you three ​years.B1 [T] to ​allow a ​person or ​activity a ​particularamount of ​time: [+ two objects] I'm ​nearlyready - just give me a ​couple of ​minutes. [T] informal to ​calculate that something will last a ​particularamount of ​time: [+ two objects] Look at that ​oldcar she ​bought - I give it two ​weeks before it ​breaks down.
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give verb (CAUSE)

B1 [T] to ​produce or ​cause something: [+ two objects] The ​freshair gave us an ​appetite (= made us ​hungry). What you said has given me an ​idea. The ​alarm gave (out) a ​high-pitchedsound.give sb to understand sth formal to ​tell someone something or ​cause someone to ​think that something is ​true: I was given to ​understand she was ​staying at this ​hotel.
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give verb (DO)

A2 [T] to ​perform an ​action: [+ two objects] She gave me a ​smile/​strangelook. They had to give the ​car a push to ​start it. Give me a call/​ring (= ​phone me) when you get back from ​holiday. Who is giving the ​speech/​lecture/​concert?A2 [T] to ​organize a ​party, ​meal, etc.: They're always giving ​parties. The ​ambassador is giving a ​banquet for the ​visitingpresident.give sth a go to ​attempt something: Only a few ​people are ​successful as ​professionalathletes, but it's ​worth giving it a go. [T + two objects] formal to say ​publicly that everyone ​present at a ​formaloccasion, ​especially a ​meal, should ​drink a toast to someone (= have a ​drink in ​honour of someone): Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the ​president!
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give verb (STRETCH)

[I] If something gives, it ​stretches, ​bends, or ​breaks, or ​becomes less ​firm or ​tight, under ​pressure: The ​rope gave under/with the ​weight of the ​load. The ​shoes will give a little after you've ​worn them ​once or ​twice.figurative You can't ​work so hard all the ​time - something will have to give (= ​change).figurative Suddenly her ​patience gave (out) and she ​shoutedangrily at the ​children.

give verb (DECIDE)

[T + obj + adj ] UK in some ​sports, to ​decide and ​stateofficially that a ​player or the ​ball is in a ​particularcondition or ​place: The ​umpire gave the ​batsman out. The ​ball was ​clearly out, but the ​linejudge gave it in.

givenoun [U]

uk   us   /ɡɪv/
the ​quality of ​stretching, ​bending, or ​breaking, or ​becoming less ​firm or ​tight, under ​pressure: A ​sweaterknitted in ​purecotton doesn't have much give (= will not ​stretch much).
(Definition of give from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 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 ​RedCross – ​please give what you can. We’re giving Helen a ​saladbowl/We’re giving a ​saladbowl to Helen as a ​weddingpresent. 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 ​phonecall when you get ​home. The ​president is giving a ​speechtonight. The ​freshair gave us an ​appetite (= made us ​hungry). We’re giving a ​birthdayparty 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 ​troubleever since I got it.

give verb (STRETCH)

[I] to ​stretch or ​becomelooser: New ​shoes will give a little after you’ve ​worn them a few ​times. fig. The ​negotiations are ​completelydeadlocked, and neither ​side will give an ​inch (= each ​refuses to ​changeitspositioneven a little).
noun [U]  us   /ɡɪv/
A ​cottonsweater doesn’t have much give.
(Definition of give from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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giveverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ɡɪv/ (past tense gave, past participle given)
to ​offer something to someone or ​provide them with it, especially without ​asking for any ​payment: give sb sth Can you give me a ​date for another ​appointment?give sth to sb We gave over 200 ​freecopies of the ​software to a ​localeducationalinstitution.
to ​pay a particular ​amount of ​money to someone for something: give sth for sth What would you give for this painting? There are ​peoplestarving as a ​result of the ​disaster, so please give generously.
to ​allow a ​person or ​activity a particular ​amount of ​time: You should give at least two days for writing the ​report. give sb a moment/minute/second I'm nearly ​finished - just give me a moment.
(Definition of give from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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