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English definition of “give”

give

verb [I] (STRETCH)    /ɡɪv/ (gave, given)
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 shouted crossly at the children.Becoming biggerEnlarging and inflating
(Definition of give verb (STRETCH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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