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  • verb transitive. to utter, publish; to announce, proclaim, report. to give (it) out: to profess, give it to be believed that. also, to give (a person) out to be (so and so)
  • verb to announce (a hymn) to be sung; to read out (the words) for the congregation to sing
  • verb to send forth, emit; to cause to be sent forth. also, to put forth, utter (prayers)
  • verb to issue; to distribute
  • verb intransitive of persons: to desist (in later use, to desist through exhaustion of strength or patience). of an implement, a limb, a machine, etc.: to break down, get out of order, fail. of a supply: to run short, come to an end
  • verb Ireland, idiomatic . To complain, sulk, chastise.

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  • verb give to several people
  • verb prove insufficient
  • verb stop operating or functioning
  • verb give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.


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  • Contronymic in the sense: distribute vs. run out of.

    January 31, 2007