This is the most philanthropic nation on earth but, in good times or in bad, we give away roughly the same amount of what we earn.
But really—telling Ginger to give away the family dog in order to economize?
An Alaska state Senator wants to give away pregnancy tests, but not birth control, in bars.
He was selling the material we were working to give away free, to responsible outlets.
They made no vows to give away any private parts of themselves in front of their nearby parents or the millions of viewers.
If Esau had sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, Isaac was about to give away the blessing for a mess of venison.
What right had she to give away her own for some one else's opinions so easily?
What foolish person will give away that which is in his own hands into the hands of another?
Is it not generosity to give away that which it costs us much to part with?
If King Edward made you any such promise he did very wrongly, for the crown of England is not his to give away.'
Old English giefan (W. Saxon) "to give, bestow; allot, grant; commit, devote, entrust," class V strong verb (past tense geaf, past participle giefen), from Proto-Germanic *gebanan (cf. Old Frisian jeva, Middle Dutch gheven, Dutch geven, Old High German geban, German geben, Gothic giban), from PIE *ghabh- "to take, hold, have, give" (see habit). It became yiven in Middle English, but changed to guttural "g" by influence of Old Norse gefa "to give," Old Danish givæ. Meaning "to yield to pressure" is from 1570s.
Give in "yield" is from 1610s; give out is mid-14c., "publish, announce;" meaning "run out, break down" is from 1520s. Give up "surrender" is mid-12c. To give (someone) a cold seems to reflect the old belief that one could be cured of disease by deliberately infecting others. What gives? "what is happening?" is attested from 1940. Give-and-take (n.) is originally from horse racing (1769) and refers to races in which bigger horses were given more weight to carry, lighter ones less. General sense attested by 1778.
A command to speak, to explain, etc: She said, ''Give!,'' so I told all (1956+)