Definition of Give

Pronunciation: gĭv
v. t.1.To bestow without receiving a return; to confer without compensation; to impart, as a possession; to grant, as authority or permission; to yield up or allow.
[imp. Gave (gāv); p. p. Given (gĭv"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Giving.]
For generous lords had rather give than pay.
- Young.
2.To yield possesion of; to deliver over, as property, in exchange for something; to pay; as, we give the value of what we buy.
What shall a man give in exchange for his soul ?
- Matt. xvi. 26.
3.To yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, flint and steel give sparks.
4.To communicate or announce, as advice, tidings, etc.; to pronounce; to render or utter, as an opinion, a judgment, a sentence, a shout, etc.
5.To grant power or license to; to permit; to allow; to license; to commission.
It is given me once again to behold my friend.
- Rowe.
Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine.
- Pope.
6.To exhibit as a product or result; to produce; to show; as, the number of men, divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred to each ship.
7.To devote; to apply; used reflexively, to devote or apply one's self; as, the soldiers give themselves to plunder; also in this sense used very frequently in the past participle; as, the people are given to luxury and pleasure; the youth is given to study.
8.(Logic & Math.) To set forth as a known quantity or a known relation, or as a premise from which to reason; - used principally in the passive form given.
9.To allow or admit by way of supposition.
I give not heaven for lost.
- Mlton.
10.To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.
I don't wonder at people's giving him to me as a lover.
- Sheridan.
11.To excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, to give offense; to give pleasure or pain.
12.To pledge; as, to give one's word.
13.To cause; to make; - with the infinitive; as, to give one to understand, to know, etc.
But there the duke was given to understand
That in a gondola were seen together
Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica.
- Shak.
14.To afford a view of; as, his window gave the park.
To give away
to make over to another; to transfer.
Whatsoever we employ in charitable uses during our lives, is given away from ourselves.
- Atterbury.
I fear our ears have given us the bag.
- J. Webster.
One that gives out himself Prince Florizel.
- Shak.
Give out you are of Epidamnum.
- Shak.
The Babylonians had given themselves over to all manner of vice.
- Grew.
He has . . . given up
For certain drops of salt, your city Rome.
- Shak.
I'll not state them
By giving up their characters.
- Beau. & Fl.
v. i.1.To give a gift or gifts.
2.To yield to force or pressure; to relax; to become less rigid; as, the earth gives under the feet.
3.To become soft or moist.
4.To move; to recede.
Now back he gives, then rushes on amain.
- Daniel.
5.To shed tears; to weep.
Whose eyes do never give
But through lust and laughter.
- Shak.
6.To have a misgiving.
My mind gives ye're reserved
To rob poor market women.
- J. Webster.
7.To open; to lead.
This, yielding, gave into a grassy walk.
- Tennyson.
To give back
to recede; to retire; to retreat.
They gave back and came no farther.
- Bunyan.
The Scots battalion was enforced to give in.
- Hayward.
This consideration may induce a translator to give in to those general phrases.
- Pope.
Rooms which gave upon a pillared porch.
- Tennyson.
The gloomy staircase on which the grating gave.
- Dickens.
It would be well for all authors, if they knew when to give over, and to desist from any further pursuits after fame.
- Addison.

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