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definition of the word give_away

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to give away (third-person singular simple present gives away, present participle giving away, simple past gave away, past participle given away)

  1. (transitive) To make a gift of something.
    I didn't like that book, so I gave it away.
  2. (transitive) To formally hand over a bride to the bridegroom; often by her father.
    Who giveth away this woman to this man in Holy matrimony?
  3. (reflexive, transitive) To unintentionally reveal a secret, or expose someone.
    He gave himself away with a stupid lie.
    He gave away his hiding place when he accidentally sneezed.
  4. (transitive) To concede an advantage in weight, time, height etc.
    Despite giving away twenty pounds in weight, the challenger found a knock-out blow in the second round.

In all senses the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.

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