Dictionary.com

give-and-take

[ giv-uhn-teyk ]
/ ˈgɪv ənˈteɪk /
Save This Word!

noun
the practice of dealing by compromise or mutual concession; cooperation.
good-natured exchange of talk, ideas, etc.
QUIZ
TEST YOUR MERIT ON THESE NEW WORDS IN 2021
The Dictionary added new words and definition to our vast collection, and we want to see how well-versed you are in the formally recognized new lingo. Take the quiz!
Question 1 of 8
What does JEDI stand for?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of give-and-take

First recorded in 1760–70
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use give-and-take in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for give-and-take

give-and-take

noun
mutual concessions, shared benefits, and cooperation
a smoothly flowing exchange of ideas and talk
verb give and take (intr)
to make mutual concessions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with give-and-take

give and take

1

The practice of compromise, as in Every contract involves some give and take. This expression was first recorded in 1778, although the verbal idiom, to give and take, was used from the early 1500s.

2

Lively exchange of ideas or conversation, as in The legislature is famous for raucous give and take. [Second half of 1800s]

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
FEEDBACK