Meaning of “give” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /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?

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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.
ALLOW [ + two objects ]

B1 to allow someone to have a right or an opportunity:

We didn't really give him a chance to explain.
TELL [ T ]

A2 to tell someone something:

The woman refused to give her name.
[ + two objects ] Can you give Jo a message?
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.
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.
PAY MONEY [ + two objects ]

B1 to pay someone a particular amount of money for something:

I gave him $40 for his old camera.
DO [ T ]

B1 to perform an action:

to give a cry/shout
[ + two objects ] He gave her a kiss on the cheek.
give sb a call

A2 also UK give sb a ring to telephone someone:

Why don't you just give him a call?
give a performance/speech, etc

B2 to perform or speak in public:

Tony gave a great speech.
give a party

A2 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

(Definition of “give verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)