Definition of “give” - English Dictionary

“give” in British English

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uk /ɡɪv/ us /ɡɪv/ gave, given

give verb (PROVIDE)

A1 [ I or T ] to offer something to someone, or to provide someone with something:

[ + two objects ] She gave us a set of saucepans as a wedding present.
Can you give me a date for another appointment?
They never gave me a chance/choice.
Has the director given you permission to do that?
[ + adv/prep ] We always try to give to charity.
We're collecting for the children's home - please give generously.
The police gave (out) road-safety booklets to the children (= gave them to all the children).
Please give (up) your seat to an elderly or disabled person if they need it.

B1 [ T ] to pay someone a particular amount:

I gave the taxi driver £20 and told him to keep the change.
give of your money, time, etc. formal

to give your money, time, or best efforts, especially in a way that seems generous:

We're very grateful to all the people who have given of their time.
UK She wasn't feeling well, so I don't think she gave of her best tonight.
give (sth) your all US also give (sth)your best old-fashioned

to put a lot of effort into doing something:

We must be finished by tonight, so I want you to give it your all.

A2 [ T ] to tell someone something:

The winner's name was given (out)/They gave the winner's name (out) on the news.
[ + two objects ] Can you give Jo a message for me?

[ T ] to punish someone by sending them to prison for a particular period:

[ + two objects ] If you're found guilty, they'll give you three years.

[ T ] informal to calculate that something will last a particular amount of time:

[ + two objects ] Look at that old car she bought - I give it two weeks before it breaks down.

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give verb (CAUSE)

B1 [ T ] to produce or cause something:

[ + two objects ] The fresh air gave us an appetite (= made us hungry).
What you said has given me an idea.
The alarm gave (out) a high-pitched sound.
give sb to understand sth formal

to tell someone something or cause someone to think that something is true:

I was given to understand she was staying at this hotel.

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give verb (DO)

A2 [ T ] to perform an action:

They had to give the car a push to start it.
Give me a call/ring (= phone me) when you get back from holiday.
Who is giving the speech/lecture/concert?

A2 [ T ] to organize a party, meal, etc.:

They're always giving parties.
The ambassador is giving a banquet for the visiting president.
give sth a go

to attempt something:

Only a few people are successful as professional athletes, but it's worth giving it a go.

[ T + two objects ] formal to say publicly that everyone present at a formal occasion, especially a meal, should drink a toast to someone (= have a drink in honour of someone):

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the president!

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give verb (STRETCH)

[ I ] 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 angrily at the children.

givenoun [ U ]

uk /ɡɪv/ us /ɡɪv/

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

“give” in American English

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us /ɡɪv/ present participle giving, past tense gave, past participle given

give verb (OFFER)

[ T ] to offer something of your own to another person or thing, or to allow something you own or control to be owned or used by another:

We’re collecting for the Red Crossplease give what you can.
We’re giving Helen a salad bowl/We’re giving a salad bowl to Helen as a wedding present.
Give me back my book/Give my book back (= Return my book).
Give her enough time (= Allow her to have enough time) to finish the exam.

give verb (PRODUCE)

[ T ] to produce or cause something:

He gave me a hard push.
Give me a phone call when you get home.
The president is giving a speech tonight.
The fresh air gave us an appetite (= made us hungry).
We’re giving a birthday party for Kareem.
He gave me the impression (= He made me think) that the deal would go through.
This car has given (= caused) me lots of trouble ever since I got it.

give verb (STRETCH)

[ I ] to stretch or become looser:

New shoes will give a little after you’ve worn them a few times.
fig. The negotiations are completely deadlocked, and neither side will give an inch (= each refuses to change its position even a little).
noun [ U ] us /ɡɪv/

A cotton sweater doesn’t have much give.

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

“give” in Business English

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giveverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɡɪv/ us past tense gave, past participle given

to offer something to someone or provide them with it, especially without asking for any payment:

give sb sth Can you give me a date for another appointment?
give sth to sb We gave over 200 free copies of the software to a local educational institution.

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

give sth for sth What would you give for this painting?
There are people starving as a result of the disaster, so please give generously.

to allow a person or activity a particular amount of time:

You should give at least two days for writing the report.
give sb a moment/minute/second I'm nearly finished - just give me a moment.

(Definition of “give” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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