Give Give, v. i. 1. To give a gift or gifts. [1913 Webster]

2. To yield to force or pressure; to relax; to become less rigid; as, the earth gives under the feet. [1913 Webster]

3. To become soft or moist. [Obs.] --Bacon . [1913 Webster]

4. To move; to recede. [1913 Webster]

Now back he gives, then rushes on amain. --Daniel. [1913 Webster]

5. To shed tears; to weep. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Whose eyes do never give But through lust and laughter. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. To have a misgiving. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

My mind gives ye're reserved To rob poor market women. --J. Webster. [1913 Webster]

7. To open; to lead. [A Gallicism] [1913 Webster]

This, yielding, gave into a grassy walk. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

{To give back}, to recede; to retire; to retreat. [1913 Webster]

They gave back and came no farther. --Bunyan.

{To give in}, to yield; to succumb; to acknowledge one's self beaten; to cease opposition. [1913 Webster]

The Scots battalion was enforced to give in. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]

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

{To give 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.] [1913 Webster]

Rooms which gave upon a pillared porch. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The gloomy staircase on which the grating gave. --Dickens.

{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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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