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  • v. 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)
  • v. to announce (a hymn) to be sung; to read out (the words) for the congregation to sing
  • v. to send forth, emit; to cause to be sent forth. also, to put forth, utter (prayers)
  • v. to issue; to distribute
  • v. 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
  • v. . To complain, sulk, chastise.

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

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


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  • And soon after four o ciock, splendid old Mrs. Irwine, in her damask satin and jewels and black lace, was led out by Arthur, followed by the whole family party, to her raised seat under the striped marquee, where she was to give out the prizes to the victors.

    Adam Bede

  • My legs give out and I sit down on the grass, next to my cousin Kolya, who is engrossed in searching for something between his toes.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • —Jake felt his legs threaten to give out as he suddenly found himself facing Lieutenant Commander Worf and Lieutenant Commander Dax, both of whom were, to put it politely, out of uniform.


  • My cosen Joyce Norton kept the wine and cakes above; and did give out to them that served, who had white gloves given them.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, March 1663/64

  • That done, I suffer to be led from my rooms and down the stone corridor to the winding steps that give out onto the Tower Green.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • I found my uncle Thomas come into the country, and do give out great words, and forwarns all our people of paying us rent, and gives out that he will invalidate the Will, it being but conditional, we paying debts and legacies, which we have not done, but I hope we shall yet go through well enough.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sep/Oct 1662

  • By and by Sir W. Batten told me that he heard how Carcasse do now give out that he will hang me, among the rest of his threats of him and Pen, which is the first word I ever heard of the kind from him concerning me.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, August 1667

  • But if Stigand took any part in that coronation, it was easy to give out that he took that special part on which the validity of the rite depended.

    William the Conqueror

  • Look, I brought you out here to perform on the stage, not give out tricks to second-string fools offstage.

    Real wifeys

  • So much so, that the thick woods of Knockbrex are said to give out to this day the sound of the sackbut to those who have their ears set to such music; there are men in that country who say that they still hear it when they pass the plantations of Knockbrex alone at night.

    Samuel Rutherford


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

    January 31, 2007