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American English: /ɡɪv/
British English: /ɡɪv/

Translation of give in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense gave past participle given

  • 1 1.1 (to hand) give her/me/them a glass of water
    dale/dame/dales un vaso de agua
    he gave her/me/them a glass of water
    le/me/les dio un vaso de agua
    give her something to eat
    dale algo de comer
    give the tickets to Jane, give Jane the tickets
    dale las entradas a Jane,
    I've already given them to her
    ya se las he dado
    Example sentences
    • The proceeds of the raffle were given to charity.
    • The property was given to the church to be used, not to be sold on.
    • The tokens are given to customers after they pay for their goods at checkout.
    1.2 (to make a gift of)
    obsequiar [formal]
    to give somebody a present
    hacerle un regalo a alguien
    regalarle algo a alguien
    it was given to me for my birthday
    me lo regalaron para mi cumpleaños
    I wouldn't want it if she gave it to me
    (to donate) (tip/money/alms)
    they have given $100,000 for/toward a new music room
    han dado or donado $100.000/han contribuido con $100.000 para una nueva sala de música
    (to devote) (love/affection)
    she gave her life to the service of God
    dedicó su vida a servir al Señor
    consagró su vida al servicio del Señor
    I'll give it some thought
    lo pensaré
    please give serious consideration to our offer
    por favor considere seriamente nuestra oferta
    I gave you the best years of my life
    te di or entregué los mejores años de mi vida
    to give it all one's got
    dar lo mejor de sí
    Example sentences
    • You must have given a great deal of thought to this.
    • A great many people gave very generously of their time, money and energy to make it a reality.
    • I want to thank the many people who gave generously of their time on the legal support team.
    Example sentences
    • We would like to hear from people who feel able to give emotional support to the bereaved.
    • She has enjoyed being able to give love and support to the elderly and motivate her staff to do the same.
    • And the support Sure Start gives to parents is helping families not just to cope, but to prosper.
    1.5 (to sacrifice)
    1.6 (to administer, to serve) (injection/sedative)
    administrar [formal]
    what did they give you for dinner?
    ¿qué te dieron de cenar?
    ¿qué te sirvieron de cena?
    Example sentences
    • The experience gave her a huge lift, as she has suffered from several personal tragedies in recent years.
    • I think all the experience had given me a feeling for what individual audiences want.
    • Playing last year in the USA was a great experience and it has given me a real taste for travel.
    1.7 (to offer)
  • 2 2.1
    (to grant) (protection/shelter)
    give her something to do
    dale algo que or para hacer
    that should give him something to think about
    eso debería darle en qué pensar
    give me strength!
    ¡Señor, dame fuerzas or paciencia!
    give me Florida /Tolstoy any time!
    yo me quedo con Florida/Tolstoy mil veces
    2.2 (to allow, to concede) (opportunity/permission/advantage)
    conceder [formal]
    we can easily do the job, given time
    podemos hacer el trabajo fácilmente, si nos dan tiempo
    given the choice, I'd …
    si me dieran a elegir, yo …
    he's a good worker, I'll give him that, but … I'd give their marriage a year at the most
    le doy un año a su matrimonio, como mucho
    the doctors only give him three months
    los médicos le dan solo tres meses
    it would take us 15 months, give or take a week or two
    nos llevaría unos 15 meses, semana más, semana menos
    Example sentences
    • We've had some good derbies against them in recent seasons but will be giving them the respect they deserve.
    • Please give these mums the respect they deserve, they're not out to ruin your day, honest!
    • We will be fully focussed and we will give them the respect they deserve but not too much.
  • 3 (to pay, to exchange) what will you give me for it?
    ¿cuánto me das por él?
    I'd give anything for a cigarette
    no sé qué daría por un cigarrillo
    I'd give a lot to see them happy
    ¡qué no daría por verlos felices!
    Example sentences
    • In this system, money could be given as a present, but it could not be given as direct payment.
    • Now it was down to the bartering. ‘What'll you give for the apricots?’
    • ‘What would you give for it?’ he continued. ‘Gee, I don't know. I don't have any Brazilian money anyway.’
  • 4 4.1
    (to cause) (pleasure/joy/shock)
    don't give us your germs/cold!
    ¡no nos pegues tus microbios/tu resfriado! [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • It quickly backed away giving a noise that sounded a bit like a whimper.
    • He puts his hand over hers and she squeezes it, he gives this sad little sound.
    • His wrist gave an ugly grinding sound and searing pain tore through him like knives.
    (to yield) (results)
    Example sentences
    • The finest recipes omit the semolina, giving an extra spongy result.
    • The main dining area is circular, with high windows giving a very light and airy feel to the place.
    • However, the kind of technology that we have developed gives a very high yield indeed.
  • 6 6.1
    (to award) (title/degree)
    otorgar [formal]
    conferir [formal]
    the referee has given a corner
    el árbitro ha señalado córner
    the judge gave her five years
    el juez le dio cinco años or la condenó a cinco años
    6.2 (Sport) (to adjudge)the ball was given out by the linesman
    el juez de línea dijo que la pelota estaba fuera
    Example sentences
    • It is understood a mass verdict will be given when the hearings have finally ended.
    • The judge saw the film for himself and gave his verdict in a matter of a few days.
    • She fell silent for a few minutes, before giving her verdict.
    6.3 (to entrust)
    he was given charge of 30 children
    pusieron a 30 niños a su cargo
    she's given me her car to fix
    me ha dejado el coche para que se lo arregle
    Example sentences
    • Maybe she was afraid of committing and giving herself and her heart to someone.
    • Any investment property can be given into the care of a property management company.
    • Each group is then given into the care of a group leader who will then stay with that group for the whole of their stay.
  • 7
    (to make a sound, a movement) (cry/jump/beating)
    he gave a sigh of relief
    suspiró aliviado
    to give somebody a push/kick
    darle un empujón/una patada a alguien
    to give somebody a wink
    hacerle una guiñada or un guiño a alguien
    go on, give us a smile [colloquial]
    a ver, una sonrisita [colloquial]
    he gave my hand a squeeze
    me apretó la mano
    give your hands a good wash
    lávate bien las manos
    I'll give it a quick look
    le echaré una miradita
    why not give it a try?
    ¿por qué no pruebas or no lo intentas?
    to give it to somebody [colloquial]she'll really give it to you when she finds out
    ¡la que te va a caer encima cuando se entere! [colloquial]
    give it to me straight
    dime la verdad
    sé sincero conmigo
    you silly old fool! — I'll give you silly old fool!
    ¡viejo idiota! — ¡te voy a dar yo viejo idiota! [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • She scanned his face for a full minute, then gave a slow nod.
    • He raised one eyebrow, stared steadily at her and then gave a short nod.
    • The man gave a tight lipped smile, nodding as he downed half the drink and lost his breath.
  • 8 8.1 (to convey)
    please give my regards to your mother
    dale recuerdos a tu madre
    dale cariños a tu madre (Latin America)
    she gave me to understand that …
    me dio a entender que …
    Example sentences
    • Canon John Young gives his Christmas message, seeking hope and happiness at the end of a long and sometimes troubling year.
    • The most important message we have to give is that his death was not a random act.
    • Fed-up rail commuters have been given a message of hope from fellow travellers on Merseyside.
    (to state) (name/address/information/details/explanation/answer)
    to give evidence
    prestar declaración
    she gave a detailed description of the place
    describió el lugar detalladamente
    the answers are given on page 23
    las soluciones están or vienen en la página 23
    the judge has given his verdict
    el juez ha dictado sentencia
    they gave me no warning
    no me advirtieron
    no me hicieron ninguna advertencia
    she gave me her word don't give me all that stuff about … [colloquial]
    no me vengas con el cuento or la historia de que … [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The initial argument, given by those who had read from the books, put Wuthering Heights firmly in the lead.
    • This may seem contrived, but essentially the same argument can be given in a more natural form.
    • In contrast, the daily life exhibit gives little or no information on the daily life of the ancient Egyptians.
  • 9 9.1 (to hold) (party/dinner)
    ofrecer [formal]
    Example sentences
    • The gorgeous house where you could give those dinner parties is the same kind of house Lynette wishes she could escape.
    • The only time I met him was at a dinner party given by one of his sons, who was an Oxford friend of mine.
    • There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the waste disposal unit.
    (to stage, to perform) (recital/concert/lecture)
    give us a song!
    ¡cántanos una canción!
  • 10 (to show, to indicate)
    to give the time my watch gives the time as 7:37
    mi reloj marca las 7:37
    según mi reloj son las 7:37
  • 11 (to care) [colloquial]not to give a damnI don't give a damn
    me importa un bledo or un comino or un pepino [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • ‘I give nothing for your advice,’ Lou growled.
    • He apparently didn't give anything for ‘high’ culture.

intransitive verb past tense gave past participle given

  • 1 1.1 (to yield under pressure)
    dar de sí
    sooner or later something had to give
    tarde o temprano algo tenía que estallar
    they won't give an inch
    no cederán un ápice
    Example sentences
    • To test them, press one with your finger and it should just give under the pressure.
    • Either way, it's ready when the skin gives easily under pressure and the meat is tender.
    • Is it because the clubface gives a little, resulting in slightly less deformation of the ball during impact?
    Example sentences
    • He had Sam by the wrist and could feel the bone giving under the pressure he was exerting.
    • The ice gave and broke with the weight.
    • The door finally gave but not without the hinges making a loud protest.
    1.2 (to break, to give way) the planks simply gave under the weight
    las tablas se rompieron bajo el peso
    my legs gave under me
    me fallaron or se me doblaron las piernas
  • 2 (to be going on) what gives? [slang]
    ¿qué hay? [colloquial]
  • 3 (US) 3.1 (to surrender) [colloquial] I give, what is the capital of Albania?
    me doy por vencida or me rindo ¿cuál es la capital de Albania?
    3.2 (to divulge information) [slang] [dated]
    cantar [slang]
    Example sentences
    • So give, what's the reason behind it?
    • So give! What's happening with him?
    • Alright. Give. What's up? You still have a secret, don't you?
  • 4 (to make a gift) it is better to give than to receive
    es mejor dar que recibir
    to give to charity
    dar dinero a organizaciones de caridad
    please give generously
    contribuyan generosamente por favor


  • this fabric doesn't have much give in it
    esta tela no da mucho de sí
    Example sentences
    • To perform good dressage, you want the ground to give you something back, a bit of give and bounce.
    • He felt the gentle give of the handcuffs beneath his expert hands and reigned in his emotions.
    • We are on this type of surface for the rest of the route and very nice it is too, a bit of give under the boots for comfort, and you do not have to watch your feet.

Phrasal verbs

give away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 1.1 (free of charge)
obsequiar [formal]
it's worthless, you can't even give it away
no vale nada, nadie lo va a querer ni regalado
at that price we're practically giving them away!
¡a ese precio prácticamente los estamos regalando!
a first class opportunity and she simply gave it away!
¡una oportunidad de primera y la desperdició!
1.2 (present)
hacer entrega de
1.3 (as handicap) (Sport) (usu in -ing forms) Sassy Lassy is giving away six pounds
Sassy Lassy corre con un hándicap de seis libras
2 2.1 (disclose)
the Secretary of State gave little away
el Secretario de Estado no dijo mucho or fue muy circunspecto
I don't think I'm giving anything away if I say that …
no creo estar revelando nada que no debiera si digo que …
2.2 (betray)
vender [colloquial]
don't worry, I won't give you away her accent/clothes gave her away
el acento/la ropa la delató
el acento/la ropa la vendió [colloquial]
to give oneself away
venderse [colloquial]
entregar en matrimonio
she was given away by her father
su padre fue el padrino de la boda

give back

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
she gave him back his ring, she gave him his ring back
le devolvió el anillo
I had opportunities - now I want to give something back
tuve oportunidades - ahora quiero dar algo a cambio

give in

1verb + adverb (surrender, succumb) I give in, who was the actress? (in guessing games)
me doy por vencido or me rindo ¿quién era la actriz?
to give in to something/somebodyI gave in to temptation
caí en la tentación
we will not give in to terrorist threats
no vamos a ceder frente a amenazas terroristas
she'll insist, but don't give in to her
va a insistir, pero tú no cedas
va a insistir, pero tú no le aflojes [colloquial]
you're always giving in to her
siempre dejas que se salga con la suya
(hand in) (esp British) verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
she decided to give in her notice
decidió presentar su renuncia

give off

verb + adverb + object
(emit, produce)
much heat is given off during the reaction
durante la reacción se produce mucho calor

give onto

verb + preposition + object
(overlook, give access to) (esp British)
dar a
it gives onto the sea
da al mar
tiene vista al mar

give out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (distribute)
1.2 (make known) it was given out that …
se anunció or se dio a conocer que …
2verb + adverb + object 2.1 (let out)
(emit) (heat)
3verb + adverb 3.1 (become exhausted)
3.2 (cease functioning) [colloquial]
my legs gave out
me fallaron las piernas

give over

1verb + object + adverb 1.1 (devote) (usually passive) the rest of the afternoon was given over to …
el resto de la tarde se dedicó a …
this part of the house is given over to …
esta parte de la casa está destinada a …
1.2 (surrender) [literary]to give oneself over to something
2verb + adverb (desist, refrain) (British) [dialect]oh, give over!
(stop misbehaving) ¡ya está bien!
(stop joking) ¡anda ya! [colloquial]
¡dale! [colloquial]
give over moaning!
¡deja ya de quejarte!

give up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1
(renounce, cease from) (alcohol/gambling)
renunciar a
renunciar a
romper or terminar con
to give up hope
perder las esperanzas
to give up -ing
dejar de + infinitive
I've given up smoking/taking those vitamins
he dejado de fumar/tomar esas vitaminas
(relinquish, hand over) (territory/position)
renunciar a
to give up one's seat to or for somebody
cederle or darle el asiento a alguien
business was so bad that we had to give up the BMW
el negocio iba tan mal que tuvimos que deshacernos del BMW
1.3 (surrender) to give oneself up
to give somebody up to the police
entregar a alguien a la policía
1.4 (disclose) 1.5 (devote, sacrifice)
2verb + adverb 2.1 (cease fighting, trying)
the campaign is in its sixth week, you can't give up now!
estamos en la sexta semana de la campaña ¡no vas a abandonar la lucha ahora!
all right, I give up, what's the answer? (in guessing games etc)
está bien, me rindo or me doy por vencido ¿cúal es la respuesta?
to give up on somebodyI've given up on them, they're hopeless
yo con ellos no insisto más or no pierdo más tiempo, son un caso perdido
don't you give up on me, Sarah, I'm counting on you
no me vayas a fallar, Sarah, cuento contigo
no me vayas a dejar plantado, Sarah, cuento contigo [colloquial]
that goddam pick-up gave up on me in the middle of nowhere
la maldita camioneta me dejó tirado en el medio del campo [colloquial]
2.2 (stop doing something)
3verb + object + adverb (abandon hope for) to give somebody up for lost
dar a alguien por desaparecido
where on earth have you been? we'd given you up
¿dónde diablos has estado? ¡ya creíamos que no venías!
the doctors had given him up
los médicos lo habían desahuciado
4give over 1
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