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definition of the word give

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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From Old English giefan

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".

See also given, giver and giving


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