give out


verb (adverb)

(tr) to emit or discharge
(tr) to publish or make knownthe chairman gave out that he would resign
(tr) to hand out or distributethey gave out free chewing gum on the street
(intr) to become exhausted; failthe supply of candles gave out
(intr foll by to) Irish informal to reprimand (someone) at length
(tr) cricket (of an umpire) to declare (a batsman) dismissed

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Idioms and Phrases with give out

give out

1

Allow to be known, declare publicly, as in They gave out that she was ill. [Mid-1300s]

2

Send forth, emit, as in The machine gave out a steady buzzing. [Mid-1400s]

3

Distribute, as in They gave out surplus food every week. [c. 1700]

4

Stop functioning, fail; also, become exhausted or used up. For example, The motor gave out suddenly, or My strength simply gave out. [First half of 1500s]

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