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Etymology

From Old English giefan

Verb

Infinitive
to give

Third person singular
gives

Simple past
gave

Past participle
given

Present participle
giving

to give (third-person singular simple present gives, present participle giving, simple past gave, past participle given)
  1. (ditransitive) To transfer the possession or holding of (something to someone or something else).
  2. (intransitive) To bend slightly when a force is applied.
  3. (ditransitive) To estimate or predict (a duration or probability for something).
    I give it ten minutes before he gives up.
    I give it a 95% chance of success.
    I'll give their marriage six months.
  4. (transitive) To provide, as, a service or a broadcast
    They're giving my favorite show!
    • 2003, Iain Aitken, Value-Driven IT Management: Commercializing the IT Function, page 153
      [...] who did not have a culture in which 'giving good presentation' and successfully playing the internal political game was the way up.
    • 2006, Christopher Matthew Spencer The Ebay Entrepreneur, page 248
      A friendly voice on the phone welcoming prospective new clients is a must. Don't underestimate the importance of giving good "phone".

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (transfer possession of): get, obtain, receive, take
  • (bend slightly when a force is applied): not bend/cede/flex/give/move/yield, resist

Derived terms

See also given, giver and giving

Translations

Noun

Singular
give

Plural
-

give (-)
  1. (uncountable) The amount of bending that something undergoes when a force is applied to it.
    This chair doesn't have much give.

Derived terms


Danish

Etymology

Old Norse gefa

Verb

give

  1. to give

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