1 present, deliver, pass (over), turn or hand over, confer, vouchsafe, provide, supply, furnish, bestow, donate, accord, afford, award, hand out, contribute, distribute, grant, allow, transfer, make over, entrust:
Please give me the envelope. I have given the files to the tax inspector. Give freely to charity.
2 exchange, pay, transfer, trade, barter, swap or swop:
Philippa gave a week's salary for that dress.
3 impart, pass on, communicate, transmit, send, convey, express:
Give my regards to Broadway.
4 afflict with, cause, occasion:
Rock music gives me a headache.
5 sacrifice, devote, dedicate, yield (up), surrender, give up, cede, concede, consign, apply (oneself) to:
Those monks have given their lives to the study of Scripture.
6 present, offer; announce, introduce:
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Madja Kiziamainska, the Polish Nightingale!
7 present, announce, offer, recite, sing, act, perform, read, put on:
We were asked to give a performance for charity.
8 utter, emit, give out (with), issue:
He gave a shout to warn us.
9 yield, relax, give way, fail, collapse, buckle, break down, fall or come apart:
If that pillar gives, the balcony will come down.
10 cause, lead, induce, persuade, make, prompt, move, dispose:
I was given to understand that I was not welcome.
11 cede, relinquish, concede, allow, surrender, yield:
He gave me the first game but I lost the second.
12 give away.
(a) See 1, above.
(b) reveal, betray, let out, divulge, disclose, expose, inform on, uncover, leak, let slip; let the cat out of the bag; Colloq blow the whistle on, Slang rat on, US fink on:
The traitor gave me away, and I was arrested.
13 give in. yield, submit, give up, give ground, back away (from), back off, capitulate, surrender, admit defeat:
After trying for hours to make him change his mind, he finally gave in.
14 give off. give out, emit, exude, exhale, discharge, send or throw out, release, smell of:
Her clothing gave off a scent of lavender.
15 give out.
(a) See 14, above.
(b) distribute, hand out, give, deal (out), pass out or around, disseminate, dispense, allot, apportion, allocate, assign, distribute, issue, mete or hand out, ration (out), dole (out), pay, Colloq dish or fork out, shell out:
The prizes will be given out to the winners at a special ceremony. She was giving out handbills to passers-by.
(c) publish, announce, make known, broadcast, impart, issue, make public, reveal:
You shouldn't give out that kind of information.
(d) become exhausted, be reduced or depleted, fail, run out:
What will we do when the food gives out?
(e) See 8, above.
16 give over. assign, resign, hand over, surrender, relinquish, pass or over, give up; assign, entrust:
We gave our dog over to Lambert's for training.
17 give up.
(a) abandon, stop, cease, quit, leave off, forgo, forsake, renounce, desist from, swear off, abstain from; reject; Colloq cut out, chuck:
I am trying to give up smoking.
(b) surrender, capitulate, yield, cede, concede, give in (to defeat), throw in the towel or sponge; despair:
I've tried to convince him but finally gave up.
(c) See 4, above.
(d) See 13, above.
(e) See 16, above.
18 slack, play, leeway, excess; flexibility, stretch:
There is very little give in the rules governing working hours. Nylon is used for boat anchor rodes because it has some give.