from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make a present of.
  • intransitive verb To place in the hands of; pass.
  • intransitive verb To deliver in exchange or recompense; pay.
  • intransitive verb To let go for a price; sell.
  • intransitive verb To administer.
  • intransitive verb To convey by a physical action.
  • intransitive verb To inflict as punishment.
  • intransitive verb To bestow, especially officially; confer.
  • intransitive verb To accord or tender to another.
  • intransitive verb To put temporarily at the disposal of.
  • intransitive verb To entrust to another, usually for a specified reason.
  • intransitive verb To communicate, convey, or offer for conveyance.
  • intransitive verb To endure the loss of; sacrifice.
  • intransitive verb To devote or apply completely.
  • intransitive verb To furnish or contribute.
  • intransitive verb To offer in good faith; pledge.
  • intransitive verb To allot as a portion or share.
  • intransitive verb To bestow (a name, for example).
  • intransitive verb To attribute (blame, for example) to someone; assign.
  • intransitive verb To award as due.
  • intransitive verb To emit or utter.
  • intransitive verb To submit for consideration, acceptance, or use.
  • intransitive verb To proffer to another.
  • intransitive verb To consent to engage (oneself) in sexual intercourse with a man.
  • intransitive verb To perform for an audience.
  • intransitive verb To present to view.
  • intransitive verb To offer as entertainment.
  • intransitive verb To propose as a toast.
  • intransitive verb To be a source of; afford.
  • intransitive verb To cause to catch or be subject to (a disease or bodily condition).
  • intransitive verb To guide or direct, as by persuasion or behavior. Used with an infinitive phrase.
  • intransitive verb To yield or produce.
  • intransitive verb To bring forth or bear.
  • intransitive verb To produce as a result of calculation.
  • intransitive verb To manifest or show.
  • intransitive verb To carry out (a physical movement).
  • intransitive verb To permit one to have or take.
  • intransitive verb To take an interest to the extent of.
  • intransitive verb To make gifts or donations.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English given, from Old English giefan and Old Norse gefa; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English given, from Old Norse gefa ("to give"), from Proto-Germanic *gebanan (“to give”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰab(ʰ)- (“to take, hold, have”). Displaced or merged with native Middle English yiven, ȝeven, from Old English ġiefan, from the same Proto-Germanic source (cf. the inherited now obsolete English doublet yive). Cognate with Scots gie ("to give"), Danish give ("to give"), Swedish giva, ge ("to give"), Icelandic gefa ("to give"), North Frisian jiw, jiiw, jeewe ("to give"), West Frisian jaan ("to give"), Dutch geven ("to give"), German geben ("to give"), Latin habeō ("have, hold"), Old Irish gaibim ("I hold"), Albanian jep ("to give, allow, lend"), Lithuanian gabenti ("to carry, transport"), Polish chapać ("to grab, snatch"), Sanskrit  (gabhasti, "hand").


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