AskDefine | Define give

Dictionary Definition

give n : the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length [syn: spring, springiness]


1 cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense; "She gave him a black eye"; "The draft gave me a cold"
2 be the cause or source of; "He gave me a lot of trouble"; "Our meeting afforded much interesting information" [syn: yield, afford]
3 transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care" [ant: take]
4 convey or reveal information; "Give one's name"
5 convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow; "Don't pay him any mind"; "give the orders"; "Give him my best regards"; "pay attention" [syn: pay]
6 organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: hold, throw, have, make]
7 convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture; "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look" [syn: throw]
8 give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?" [syn: gift, present]
9 bring about; "His two singles gave the team the victory" [syn: bring about, yield]
10 dedicate; "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to" [syn: pay, devote]
11 give or supply; "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate renders some revenue for the family" [syn: render, yield, return, generate]
12 tell or deposit (information) knowledge; "give a secret to the Russians"; "leave your name and address here" [syn: impart, leave, pass on]
13 bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth" [syn: establish]
14 leave with; give temporarily; "Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?"; "Can I give you the children for the weekend?"
15 emit or utter; "Give a gulp"; "give a yelp"
16 endure the loss of; "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war" [syn: sacrifice]
17 place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers" [syn: pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over]
18 give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's talents to a good cause"; "consecrate your life to the church" [syn: dedicate, consecrate, commit, devote]
19 give (as medicine); "I gave him the drug"
20 give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose" [syn: apply]
21 bestow; "give hommage"; "render thanks" [syn: render]
22 bestow, especially officially; "grant a degree"; "give a divorce"; "This bill grants us new rights" [syn: grant]
23 move in order to make room for someone for something; "The park gave way to a supermarket"; "`Move over,' he told the crowd" [syn: move over, give way, ease up, yield]
24 give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't give the child this tough meat" [syn: feed] [ant: starve]
25 contribute to some cause; "I gave at the office" [syn: contribute, chip in, kick in]
26 break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice" [syn: collapse, fall in, cave in, give way, break, founder]
27 estimate the duration or outcome of something; "He gave the patient three months to live"; "I gave him a very good chance at success"
28 execute and deliver; "Give bond"
29 deliver in exchange or recompense; "I'll give you three books for four CDs"
30 afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace" [syn: afford, open]
31 present to view; "He gave the sign to start"
32 perform for an audience; "Pollini is giving another concert in New York"
33 be flexible under stress of physical force; "This material doesn't give" [syn: yield]
34 propose; "He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party"
35 legal use: accord by verdict; "give a decision for the plaintiff"
36 manifest or show; "This student gives promise of real creativity"; "The office gave evidence of tampering"
37 offer in good faith; "He gave her his word"
38 submit for consideration, judgment, or use; "give one's opinion"; "give an excuse"
39 guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion; "You gave me to think that you agreed with me"
40 allow to have or take; "I give you two minutes to respond"
41 inflict as a punishment; "She gave the boy a good spanking"; "The judge gave me 10 years"
42 occur; "what gives?"
43 consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man; "She gave herself to many men"
44 proffer (a body part); "She gave her hand to her little sister" [also: given, gave]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /gɪv/, /gIv/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪv




  1. To transfer the possession or holding of (something to someone or something else).
  2. To bend slightly when a force is applied.
  3. To estimate or predict (a duration or probability for something).
    I give it ten minutes before he gives up.
    I give it a 95% chance of success.
    I'll give their marriage six months.



  • (transfer possession of): get, obtain, receive, take
  • (bend slightly when a force is applied): not bend/cede/flex/give/move/yield, resist
transfer the possession of something to someone else
bend sligthly when a force is applied


  1. The amount of bending that something undergoes when a force is applied to it.
    This chair doesn't have much give.

Derived terms



Old Norse gefa


  1. to give

Extensive Definition

Give may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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