English definition of “give”
/gɪv/ verb (past tense gave, past participle given)
PROVIDE [+ two objects] › 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?
PUT NEAR [+ two objects] › 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.
ALLOW [+ two objects] › to allow someone to have a right or an opportunity: We didn't really give him a chance to explain.
TELL [T] › to tell someone something: The woman refused to give her name. [+ two objects] Can you give Jo a message?
CAUSE [+ two objects] › to cause someone to 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.
ALLOW TIME [+ two objects] › to allow someone or something a particular amount of time: I'm nearly ready - just give me a few minutes.
PAY MONEY [+ two objects] › to pay someone a particular amount of money for something: I gave him £20 for his old camera.
DO [T] › to perform an action: to give a cry/shout [+ two objects] He gave her a kiss on the cheek.
give sb a call/ring › to telephone someone: Why don't you just give him a call?
give a performance/speech, etc › to perform or speak in public: Tony gave a great speech.
give a party › to have a party: Claire's giving a birthday party for Eric.
MOVE [I] › to bend, stretch, or break because of too much weight
give way UK (US yield) › to stop in order to allow other vehicles to go past before you drive onto a bigger road