give Definition

  • 1freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone); hand over to.
  • 2cause or allow (someone or something) to have or experience (something); provide with.
  • 3yield or produce (something); generate.

Using give: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "give" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She gave me a book for my birthday.

  • Example

    The company gave her a promotion.

  • Example

    The medicine will give you relief from pain.

give Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for give

Idioms Using give

  • believe someone's statement, without proof, that what they are saying is true.


    I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he's telling the truth.

  • help someone.


    Can you give me a hand with this heavy box?

  • ignore or reject someone.


    After their argument, she gave him the cold shoulder for days.

Phrases with give

  • cease fighting or arguing; admit defeat.


    After hours of negotiation, he finally gave in and signed the contract.

  • give up

    stop trying; surrender.


    He decided to give up smoking for the sake of his health.

  • give (something) to someone without asking for payment.


    She gave away all her old clothes to charity.


Summary: give in Brief

The verb 'give' [ɡɪv] means to transfer possession, provide, or yield. It can be used in various contexts, such as giving a gift, giving a promotion, or giving relief from pain. 'Give' has idiomatic expressions like 'give in,' meaning to admit defeat, and 'give up,' meaning to stop trying. 'Give' also has idioms like 'give someone the benefit of the doubt,' meaning to believe someone's statement without proof, and 'give someone the cold shoulder,' meaning to ignore or reject someone.

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