[giv-uh n-teyk]


the practice of dealing by compromise or mutual concession; cooperation.
good-natured exchange of talk, ideas, etc.

Origin of give-and-take

First recorded in 1760–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for give-and-take

Contemporary Examples of give-and-take

Historical Examples of give-and-take

  • To Tom that seemed fair enough,––a give-and-take game of the rangeland.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • But in give-and-take, as one might say, you are igstreamly droll.

    Two Sides of the Face

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • But perhaps this give-and-take of lovers may seem attractive to some.

  • Let it be a case, then, of give-and-take between us, and the rest of the gods will follow our lead.

  • You haven't yet learned the team play, the give-and-take of diplomacy.

    The Yillian Way

    John Keith Laumer

British Dictionary definitions for give-and-take



mutual concessions, shared benefits, and cooperation
a smoothly flowing exchange of ideas and talk

verb give and take (intr)

to make mutual concessions
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