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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Give \Give\, v. t.
To afford a view of; as, his window gave the park.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Give \Give\ (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given}
(g[i^]v"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven,
yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an,
OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth.
giban. Cf. {Gift}, n.]
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.

For generous lords had rather give than pay.

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.

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.

Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine.

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.

{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.

{To give back}, to return; to restore. --Atterbury.

{To give the bag}, to cheat. [Obs.]

I fear our ears have given us the bag. --J. Webster.

{To give birth to}.
(a) To bear or bring forth, as a child.
(b) To originate; to give existence to, as an enterprise,

{To give chase}, to pursue.

{To give ear to}. See under {Ear}.

{To give forth}, to give out; to publish; to tell. --Hayward.

{To give ground}. See under {Ground}, n.

{To give the hand}, to pledge friendship or faith.

{To give the hand of}, to espouse; to bestow in marriage.

{To give the head}. See under {Head}, n.

{To give in}.
(a) To abate; to deduct.
(b) To declare; to make known; to announce; to tender;
as, to give in one's adhesion to a party.

{To give the lie to} (a person), to tell (him) that he lies.

{To give line}. See under {Line}.

{To give off}, to emit, as steam, vapor, odor, etc.

{To give one's self away}, to make an inconsiderate surrender
of one's cause, an unintentional disclosure of one's
purposes, or the like. [Colloq.]

{To give out}.
(a) To utter publicly; to report; to announce or declare.

One that gives out himself Prince Florizel.

Give out you are of Epidamnum. --Shak.
(b) To send out; to emit; to distribute; as, a substance
gives out steam or odors.

{To give over}.
(a) To yield completely; to quit; to abandon.
(b) To despair of.
(c) To addict, resign, or apply (one's self).

The Babylonians had given themselves over to
all manner of vice. --Grew.

{To give place}, to withdraw; to yield one's claim.

{To give points}.
(a) In games of skill, to equalize chances by conceding a
certain advantage; to allow a handicap.
(b) To give useful suggestions. [Colloq.]

{To give rein}. See under {Rein}, n.

{To give the sack}. Same as {To give the bag}.

{To give and take}.
(a) To average gains and losses.
(b) To exchange freely, as blows, sarcasms, etc.

{To give time}
(Law), to accord extension or forbearance to a debtor.

{To give the time of day}, to salute one with the compliment
appropriate to the hour, as ``good morning.'' ``good
evening'', etc.

{To give tongue}, in hunter's phrase, to bark; -- said of

{To give up}.
(a) To abandon; to surrender. ``Don't give up the ship.''

He has . . . given up For certain drops of
salt, your city Rome. --Shak.
(b) To make public; to reveal.

I'll not state them By giving up their
characters. --Beau. & Fl.
(c) (Used also reflexively.)

{To give up the ghost}. See under {Ghost}.

{To give one's self up}, to abandon hope; to despair; to
surrender one's self.

{To give way}.
(a) To withdraw; to give place.
(b) To yield to force or pressure; as, the scaffolding
gave way.
(c) (Naut.) To begin to row; or to row with increased
(d) (Stock Exchange). To depreciate or decline in value;
as, railroad securities gave way two per cent.

{To give way together}, to row in time; to keep stroke.

Syn: To {Give}, {Confer}, {Grant}.

Usage: To give is the generic word, embracing all the rest.
To confer was originally used of persons in power, who
gave permanent grants or privileges; as, to confer the
order of knighthood; and hence it still denotes the
giving of something which might have been withheld;
as, to confer a favor. To grant is to give in answer
to a petition or request, or to one who is in some way
dependent or inferior.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Give \Give\, 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. [Obs.] --Bacon .

4. To move; to recede.

Now back he gives, then rushes on amain. --Daniel.

5. To shed tears; to weep. [Obs.]

Whose eyes do never give But through lust and
laughter. --Shak.

6. To have a misgiving. [Obs.]

My mind gives ye're reserved To rob poor market
women. --J. Webster.

7. To open; to lead. [A Gallicism]

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.

{To give in}, to yield; to succumb; to acknowledge one's self
beaten; to cease opposition.

The Scots battalion was enforced to give in.

This consideration may induce a translator to give
in to those general phrases. --Pope.

{To give off}, to cease; to forbear. [Obs.] --Locke.

{To give}

{on or upon}.
(a) To rush; to fall upon. [Obs.]
(b) To have a view of; to be in sight of; to overlook; to
look toward; to open upon; to front; to face. [A
Gallicism: cf. Fr. donner sur.]

Rooms which gave upon a pillared porch.

The gloomy staircase on which the grating gave.

{To give out}.
(a) To expend all one's strength. Hence:
(b) To cease from exertion; to fail; to be exhausted; as,
my feet being to give out; the flour has given out.

{To give over}, to cease; to discontinue; to desist.

It would be well for all authors, if they knew when
to give over, and to desist from any further
pursuits after fame. --Addison.

{To give up}, to cease from effort; to yield; to despair; as,
he would never give up.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Gyve \Gyve\ (j[imac]v), n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. W. gefyn, Ir.
geibbionn, Gael. geimheal.]
A shackle; especially, one to confine the legs; a fetter.
[Written also {give}.]

Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves. --Shak.

With gyves upon his wrist. --Hood.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : the elasticity of something that can be stretched and
returns to its original length [syn: {spring}, {springiness}]
v 1: cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense: "She
gave him a black eye"; "The draft gave me a cold"
2: be the cause or source of; "He gave me a lot of trouble";
"Our meeting afforded much interesting information" [syn:
{yield}, {afford}]
3: transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to
somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me
lessons?" "She gave the children lots of love and tender
loving care" [ant: {take}]
4: convey or reveal information; "Give one's name"
5: convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.;
bestow; "Don't pay him any mind"; "give the orders"; "Give
him my best regards"; "pay attention" [syn: {pay}]
6: organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception," "have,
throw, or make a party", "give a course", etc. [syn: {hold},
{throw}, {have}, {make}]
7: convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical
gesture; "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look"
[syn: {throw}]
8: give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her
for her birthday?" [syn: {gift}, {present}]
9: bring about; "His two singles gave the team the victory"
[syn: {bring about}, {yield}]
10: as in the expressions "give thought to"; "give priority to",
etc. [syn: {pay}, {devote}]
11: give or supply; "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This
year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate
renders some revenue for the family" [syn: {render}, {yield},
{return}, {generate}]
12: tell or deposit (information) knowledge; "give a secret to
the Russians"; "leave your name and address here" [syn: {impart},
{leave}, {pass on}]
13: bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
[syn: {establish}]
14: leave with; give temporarily: "Can I give you my keys while
I go in the pool?" "Can I give you the children for the
15: emit or utter; "Give a gulp"; "give a yelp"
16: endure the loss of; "He gave his life for his children"; "I
gave two sons to the war" [syn: {sacrifice}]
17: place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to
me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
[syn: {pass}, {hand}, {reach}, {pass on}, {turn over}]
18: give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She
committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's
talents to a good cause" [syn: {dedicate}, {commit}, {devote}]
19: give, as of medicine; "I gave him the drug"
20: give or convey physically: "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave
him a punch in the nose" [syn: {apply}]
21: bestow; "give hommage"; "render thanks" [syn: {render}]
22: bestow, esp. officially; "grant a degree"; "give a divorce";
"This bill grants us new rights" [syn: {grant}]
23: move in order to make room for someone for something; "The
park gave way to a supermarket"; "`Move over,' he told
the crowd" [syn: {move over}, {give way}, {ease up}, {yield}]
24: give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't
give the child this tough meat" [syn: {feed}, {grub}]
[ant: {starve}]
25: contribute to some cause; "I gave at the office" [syn: {contribute},
{chip in}, {kick in}]
26: break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall
collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke";
"The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof
finally gave under the weight of the ice" [syn: {collapse},
{fall in}, {cave in}, {give way}, {break}, {founder}]
27: estimate the duration or outcome of something; "He gave the
patient three months to live"; "I gave him a very good
chance at success"
28: execute and deliver; "Give bond"
29: deliver in exchange or recompense: "I'll give you three
books for four CDs"
30: afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French
doors give onto a terrace" [syn: {afford}, {open}]
31: present to view; "He gave the sign to start"
32: perform for an audience; "Pollini is giving another concert
in New York"
33: be flexible under stress of physical force; "This material
doesn't give" [syn: {yield}]
34: propose as a toast
35: legal use: accord by verdict; "give a decision for the
36: manifest or show; "This student gives promise of real
creativity"; "The office gave evidence of tampering"
37: offer in good faith; "He gave her his word"
38: submit for consideration, judgment, or use; "give one's
opinion"; 'give an excuse"
39: guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion: "You gave me
to think that you agreed with me"
40: allow to have or take; "I give you two minutes to respond"
41: inflict as a punishment; "She gave the boy a good spanking";
"The judge gave me 10 years"
42: occur; "what gives?" (slang)
43: consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man; "She
gave herself to many men"
44: proffer, as of a body part; "She gave her hand to her little

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