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English definition of “give”

give

verb
 
 
/ɡɪv/ (past tense gave, past participle given)
PROVIDE [+ two objects] A1 to provide someone with something: Her parents gave her a car for her birthday. Do you give money to charity? Could you give me a lift to the station, please?Giving, providing and supplying
PUT NEAR [+ two objects] A2 to put something near someone or in their hand so that they can use it or look at it: Can you give me that pen? He poured a cup of coffee and gave it to Isabel.Giving, providing and supplying
ALLOW [+ two objects] B1 to allow someone to have a right or an opportunity: We didn't really give him a chance to explain.Opportunity Freedom to act
TELL [T] A2 to tell someone something: The woman refused to give her name. [+ two objects] Can you give Jo a message?Announcing, informing and stating
CAUSE [+ two objects] B1 to make someone have or feel something: I hope he hasn't given you any trouble. Smoking gives you cancer. This news will give hope to thousands of sufferers.Giving, providing and supplyingCausing things to happen
ALLOW TIME [+ two objects] B1 to allow someone or something a particular amount of time: I'm nearly ready - just give me a few minutes.Allowing and permitting
PAY MONEY [+ two objects] B1 to pay someone a particular amount of money for something: I gave him $40 for his old camera.Giving, providing and supplying
DO [T] B1 to perform an action: to give a cry/shout [+ two objects] He gave her a kiss on the cheek.Acting and actsDealing with things or people
give sb a call A2 (also UK give sb a ring) to telephone someone: Why don't you just give him a call?Communicating by telephone
give a performance/speech, etc B2 to perform or speak in public: Tony gave a great speech.Acting and actsDealing with things or people
give a party A2 to have a party: Claire's giving a birthday party for Eric.Managing and organizing
MOVE [I] to bend, stretch, or break because of too much weightFlexible, loose and yielding
give way UK (US yield) to stop in order to allow other vehicles to go past before you drive onto a bigger roadDriving and operating road vehicles
(Definition of give verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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