verb (used with object), gave, giv·en, giv·ing.
verb (used without object), gave, giv·en, giv·ing.
- to give as a present; bestow.
- to present (the bride) to the bridegroom in a marriage ceremony.
- to expose or betray (a person).
- to reveal (a confidence or secret, hidden motives, true feelings, etc.): That remark gave away his real feelings.
- to acknowledge defeat; yield.
- to hand in; deliver: Please give in your timecards.
- to send out; emit.
- to make public; announce.
- to distribute; issue.
- to become exhausted.
- to become used up; fail: The fuel gave out.
- to do or express something, especially unrestrainedly or easily: to give out with a song.
- to put into the care of; transfer: She gave over all her property to her daughter.
- to put an end to; stop: They will never give over their impossible dreams.
- to indulge in without restraint: She gave herself over to tears.
- to devote to a specified activity: The day was given over to relaxing in the sun.
- to abandon hope; despair.
- to desist from; renounce: to give up smoking.
- to surrender; relinquish.
- to devote (oneself) entirely to: She gave herself up to her job and seldom saw her old friends.
- South Midland U.S. to consider; deem: She's given up to be the kindest woman around here.
- to compromise in order to cooperate: A willingness to give and take is important for success in marriage.
- to exchange ideas: an informal meeting in which there would be opportunities to give and take.
Origin of give
Examples from the Web for giving
Critics accused Foster of giving Duke a payoff to stay out of the race; that was never proven.
For nearly her entire life Beyoncé has been giving us her blood, sweat, and tears in her career.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year|Kevin Fallon|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For Paul, the thrill of breakfast with the Reverend, may be giving way to the taste of burnt toast.
A Christmas Carol revived and reinvented it around the gift of giving.
Americans are giving in to North Korean blackmail—and it will only get worse.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror|David Keyes|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is giving him no excessive praise to say that he makes himself as interesting as Johnson and Boswell together.The Age of Dryden|Richard Garnett
I heard of the parrots a year or two later as giving lessons in Italian to an English maid.Essays on Life, Art and Science|Samuel Butler
And he retained his hold of my jacket, giving directions to his men the while.The Pilots of Pomona|Robert Leighton
It is accompanied by a Synopsis of Indian Tribes, giving the families and tribes so far as known.Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico|John Wesley Powell
It combines with water, giving off much heat; and dissolves in a little more than its own weight of water.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.|Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
British Dictionary definitions for giving
verb gives, giving, gave (ɡeɪv) or given (ˈɡɪvən) (mainly tr)
- to bear (offspring)
- to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
Word Origin for give
Word Origin and History for giving
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.
Idioms and Phrases with giving
In addition to the idioms beginning with give
- give a bad name to
- give a break
- give a damn
- give a good account of oneself
- give a hand
- give a hang
- give a hard time
- give a hoot
- give a leg up
- give and take
- give an inch and they'll take a mile
- give a pain
- give a piece of one's mind
- give as good as one gets
- give a shit
- give away
- give a wide berth
- give bad marks to
- give birth to
- give chase
- give color to
- give credit
- give free rein to
- give ground
- give in
- give it one's best shot
- give it to
- give me a break
- give notice
- given to
- give off
- give of oneself
- give one
- give oneself airs
- give oneself away
- give oneself up
- give one's eyeteeth
- give or take
- give out
- give over
- give pause
- give rein to
- give rise to
- give short shrift
- give someone
- give someone a break
- give someone a ring
- give someone heart failure
- give someone hell
- give someone his or her due
- give someone his or her head
- give someone the air
- give someone the evil eye
- give someone the once-over
- give someone enough rope
- give someone fits
- give something a whirl
- give thanks for small blessings
- give the back of one's hand
- give the benefit of the doubt
- give the business
- give the creeps
- give the devil his due
- give the eye
- give the finger
- give the go-ahead
- give the lie to
- give the shirt off one's back
- give the slip
- give the time of day
- give the word
- give the works
- give to understand
- give up
- give up the ghost
- give vent to
- give voice to
- give way
- give way to
- give what for
- hard time (give someone a)
- Indian giver
- never give a sucker an even break
- not care (give) a rap
- not give someone the time of day
- what's cooking (gives)
Also see under idioms beginning withget and have.