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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Give \Give\ (g[i^]v), verb (used with an object) [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given} (g[i^]v"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth. giban. Cf. {Gift}, noun]

1. To bestow without receiving a return; to confer without compensation; to impart, as a possession; to grant, as authority or permission; to yield up or allow.

For generous lords had rather give than pay. --Young.

2. To yield possesion of; to deliver over, as property, in exchange for something; to pay; as, we give the value of what we buy.

What shall a man give in exchange for his soul ? --Matt. xvi. 26.

3. To yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, flint and steel give sparks.

4. To communicate or announce, as advice, tidings, etc.; to pronounce; to render or utter, as an opinion, a judgment, a sentence, a shout, etc.

5. To grant power or license to; to permit; to allow; to license; to commission.

It is given me once again to behold my friend. --Rowe.

Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine. --Pope.

6. To exhibit as a product or result; to produce; to show; as, the number of men, divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred to each ship.

7. To devote; to apply; used reflexively, to devote or apply one's self; as, the soldiers give themselves to plunder; also in this sense used very frequently in the past participle; as, the people are given to luxury and pleasure; the youth is given to study.

8. (Logic & Math.) To set forth as a known quantity or a known relation, or as a premise from which to reason; -- used principally in the passive form given.

9. To allow or admit by way of supposition.

I give not heaven for lost. --Mlton.

10. To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.

I don't wonder at people's giving him to me as a lover. --Sheridan.

11. To excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, to give offense; to give pleasure or pain.

12. To pledge; as, to give one's word.

13. To cause; to make; -- with the infinitive; as, to give one to understand, to know, etc.

But there the duke was given to understand That in a gondola were seen together Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica. --Shak.

14. To afford a view of; as, his window gave the park. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{To give away}, to make over to another; to transfer.

Whatsoever we employ in charitable uses during our lives, is given away from ourselves. --Atterbury.

{To give back}, to return; to restore. --Atterbury.

{To give the bag}, to cheat. [Obs.]

I fear our ears have given us the bag. --J. Webster.

{To give birth to}. (a) To bear or bring forth, as a child. (b) To originate; to give existence to, as an enterprise, idea.

{To give chase}, to pursue.

{To give ear to}. See under {Ear}.

{To give forth}, to give out; to publish; to tell. --Hayward.

{To give ground}. See under {Ground}, noun

{To give the hand}, to pledge friendship or faith.

{To give the hand of}, to espouse; to bestow in marriage.

{To give the head}. See under {Head}, noun

{To give in}. (a) To abate; to deduct. (b) To declare; to make known; to announce; to tender; as, to give in one's adhesion to a party.

{To give the lie to} (a person), to tell (him) that he lies.

{To give line}. See under {Line}.

{To give off}, to emit, as steam, vapor, odor, etc.

{To give one's self away}, to make an inconsiderate surrender of one's cause, an unintentional disclosure of one's purposes, or the like. [Colloq.]

{To give out}. (a) To utter publicly; to report; to announce or declare.

One that gives out himself Prince Florizel. --Shak.

Give out you are of Epidamnum. --Shak. (b) To send out; to emit; to distribute; as, a substance gives out steam or odors.

{To give over}. (a) To yield completely; to quit; to abandon. (b) To despair of. (c) To addict, resign, or apply (one's self).

The Babylonians had given themselves over to all manner of vice. --Grew.

{To give place}, to withdraw; to yield one's claim.

{To give points}. (a) In games of skill, to equalize chances by conceding a certain advantage; to allow a handicap. (b) To give useful suggestions. [Colloq.]

{To give rein}. See under {Rein}, noun

{To give the sack}. Same as {To give the bag}.

{To give and take}. (a) To average gains and losses. (b) To exchange freely, as blows, sarcasms, etc.

{To give time} (Law), to accord extension or forbearance to a debtor. --Abbott.

{To give the time of day}, to salute one with the compliment appropriate to the hour, as "good morning." "good evening", etc.

{To give tongue}, in hunter's phrase, to bark; -- said of dogs.

{To give up}. (a) To abandon; to surrender. "Don't give up the ship."

He has . . . given up For certain drops of salt, your city Rome. --Shak. (b) To make public; to reveal.

I'll not state them By giving up their characters. --Beau. & Fl. (c) (Used also reflexively.)

{To give up the ghost}. See under {Ghost}.

{To give one's self up}, to abandon hope; to despair; to surrender one's self.

{To give way}. (a) To withdraw; to give place. (b) To yield to force or pressure; as, the scaffolding gave way. (c) (Naut.) To begin to row; or to row with increased energy. (d) (Stock Exchange). To depreciate or decline in value; as, railroad securities gave way two per cent.

{To give way together}, to row in time; to keep stroke.

Syn: To {Give}, {Confer}, {Grant}.

Usage: To give is the generic word, embracing all the rest. To confer was originally used of persons in power, who gave permanent grants or privileges; as, to confer the order of knighthood; and hence it still denotes the giving of something which might have been withheld; as, to confer a favor. To grant is to give in answer to a petition or request, or to one who is in some way dependent or inferior.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Given \Giv"en\, p. p. & a. from {Give}, v.

1. (Math. & Logic) Granted; assumed; supposed to be known; set forth as a known quantity, relation, or premise.

2. Disposed; inclined; -- used with an adverb; as, virtuously given. --Shak.

3. Stated; fixed; as, in a given time.

{Given name}, the Christian name, or name given by one's parents or guardians, as distinguished from the {surname}, which is inherited. [Colloq.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

given

adjective

1: acknowledged as a supposition; "given the engine's condition, it is a wonder that it started" [syn: {given}, {granted}]

2: (usually followed by 'to') naturally disposed toward; "he is apt to ignore matters he considers unimportant"; "I am not minded to answer any questions" [syn: {apt(p)}, {disposed(p)}, {given(p)}, {minded(p)}, {tending(p)}]

noun

1: an assumption that is taken for granted [syn: {given}, {presumption}, {precondition}]

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