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

  • n. The practice of compromise.
  • n. Lively exchange of ideas or conversation: "the raucous give and take of American democracy” ( Charles Kuralt).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The settling of differences through compromise and mutual concessions.
  • n. A lively exchange of conversation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The practice of giving and taking on equal or fair terms; a mutual making of concessions or allowances; exchange, as of ideas, civilities, repartee, jests, banter, etc.; a giving of tit-for-tat.
  • Characterized by a spirit of giving and taking on fair terms, as in evening up advantages and disadvantages; marked by mutual concession: as, a give-and-take policy.

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

  • n. light teasing repartee
  • n. an exchange of views on some topic
  • n. mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information)

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