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  • v. To return, restore (a thing to its original owner or location etc.).
  • v. To contribute money, goods, or, especially, services for charitable purposes, as if in return for one's own success.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pay back


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  • Man's progress, he says, depends on his keeping such “culture-conquests” as these; and of all attempts to undo these conquests, give back what we have won, and accustom the public mind to laxity, he was the unsparing foe.

    Matthew Arnold

  • By the Peace of Barcelona (1529) Charles V bound himself to give back Reggio to the popes, but he did not do so.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • To give back even a fraction of the treasure that the world had given me; to play the demi-god and share the dream!

    Jacob's Ladder

  • He would, in such case, be bound in honour to vacate his seat and give back Loughton to his offended patron.

    Phineas Finn

  • He promised to give back Imola, but on condition that the pope should persuade Pepin to send back the Lombard hostages whom the Frankish king had carried off, some time before, at the time of his second victory over the Lombard King Aistulf.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • A present so given was seed sown in the earth, — seed, indeed, that could not be expected to give back twenty-fold, or even ten-fold, but still seed from which a crop should be expected.

    The Eustace Diamonds

  • I mounted in one flying leap, and the little beast reared in astonishment, sending the groom flying and causing the others to give back from her flashing fore-hooves.


  • The other dementists were merely relay stations for his dementia space now, and there was no reason to give back what he had rightfully stolen.

    Chainer's Torment

  • The Prussian House, in its address to the King, had declared that the only result of this policy would be to give back the Duchies to Denmark.

    Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire

  • Bacchus and Ariadne; to give back his impressions of Nature in those rich backgrounds of reposeful beauty which so enhance the finest of the Holy Families and Sacred Conversations.

    The Earlier Work of Titian


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