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“give and take” in English

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give and takenoun

uk /ˌɡɪv ən ˈteɪk/ us /ˌɡɪv ən ˈteɪk/

(Definition of “give and take” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“give-and-take” in American English

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give-and-takenoun [ U ]

us /ˌɡɪv·ənˈteɪk/

a free exchange of ideas or opinions:

We were simply told what to do – there wasn’t any give-and-take.

A give-and-take is also the willingness to accept some of another person's ideas and give up some of your own:

Any successful negotiation involves some give-and-take.

(Definition of “give-and-take” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)