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Synonyms of give in English:


  • 1 he had given them nearly two thousand pounds
    hand, let someone have;
    offer, proffer;
    award, grant, bestow, accord, confer;
    hand over, turn over, make over, leave, will, bequeath, pledge, vouchsafe;
    lend, slip
    informal fork out, shell out, lay out, cough up
    British informal stump up
    North American informal ante up, pony up
    [Antonyms] receive, accept, take, withhold
  • 2 can I give him a message?
    send, deliver, relay, purvey;
  • 3 a baby given into their care
    entrust, commit, put into someone's hands, consign, assign, render
    formal commend
  • 4 he gave his life for his country
    sacrifice, give up, relinquish;
  • 5 he decided to give her time to think things over
    allow, permit, let have, grant, accord;
  • 6 this leaflet gives our opening times
    show, display, set out, set forth, indicate, detail, give details of, list
  • 7 the animals became docile and gave no further trouble
    cause, be a source of, make, create, occasion
  • 8 some salamis are wrapped in garlic which gives additional flavour
    produce, yield, afford, result in;
    impart, lend
  • 9 he gave a drinks party to celebrate
    organize, arrange, lay on, provide, be responsible for;
    throw, host, hold, have
  • 10 Dominic gave a small bow
    perform, execute, carry out;
    make, do
  • 11 she gave a warning shout
    utter, let out, emit;
    produce, make
  • 12 he gave Harry a beating
    inflict, impose
  • 13 the door gave after the fifth push
    give way, cave in, collapse, break, fall apart, come apart;
    bend, buckle, sink
  • Phrases

    give someone/something away
  • 1 his face gave little away
    reveal, disclose, divulge, let slip, leak, let out;
  • 2 Luke would never forgive her if she gave him away
    betray, inform on;
    English Law  turn Queen's/King's evidence
    informal split on, blow the whistle on, rat on, peach on, stitch up, do the dirty on, sell down the river, squeal on, squeak on
    British informal grass on, shop, sneak on
    North American informal rat out, drop a/the dime on, finger, job
    Australian/New Zealand informal dob on, pimp on, pool, shelf, put someone's pot on, point the bone at
  • give in
    in the end, he was forced to give in
    [Antonyms] hold out
    capitulate, admit/concede defeat, give up, surrender, yield, submit, climb down, back down, give way, defer, acquiesce, relent, succumb, comply
    give something off/out
    a small fire burned, giving off more smoke than heat
    emit, produce, send out, send forth, pour out, throw out;
    rare exsufflate
    give out
  • 1 his strength was giving out
    run out, be used up, be consumed, be exhausted, be depleted, come to an end, fail, flag;
    dry up
  • 2 he gave out that he would hold a meeting
  • give something out
    thousands of leaflets were given out
    [Antonyms] collect
    distribute, issue, hand out, pass round, dole out, dispense;
    informal dish out
    give rise to
  • 1 usually this principle would not give rise to any problems
    produce, bring about, cause, occasion, generate, engender, lead to, result in, effect, induce, initiate, start, set off;
    contribute to, make for, be conducive to, foster, promote;
    literary beget
  • give up
    he isn't the kind of man to give up easily
    admit defeat, concede defeat, stop trying, call it a day, give in, surrender, capitulate, be beaten;
    despair, lose heart, abandon hope, give up hope
    Australian informal drop one's bundle
    give something up
    I'm determined to give up smoking she gave up her job
    [Antonyms] take up, continue
    stop, cease, discontinue, desist from, swear off, forbear from, abstain from, cut out, renounce, forswear, forgo, abandon, have done with;
    resign from, stand down from
    informal quit, kick, leave off, knock off, pack in, lay off, jack in, chuck, ditch


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  • informal the jacket has a major drawback—there isn't enough give under the arms
    slack, play
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