give

Definitions

  • Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
    Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v give proffer (a body part) "She gave her hand to her little sister"
    • v give consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man "She gave herself to many men"
    • v give occur "what gives?"
    • v give estimate the duration or outcome of something "He gave the patient three months to live","I gave him a very good chance at success"
    • v give dedicate "give thought to","give priority to","pay attention to"
    • v give inflict as a punishment "She gave the boy a good spanking","The judge gave me 10 years"
    • v give allow to have or take "I give you two minutes to respond"
    • v give guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion "You gave me to think that you agreed with me"
    • v give submit for consideration, judgment, or use "give one's opinion","give an excuse"
    • v give give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause "She committed herself to the work of God","give one's talents to a good cause","consecrate your life to the church"
    • v give offer in good faith "He gave her his word"
    • v give manifest or show "This student gives promise of real creativity","The office gave evidence of tampering"
    • v give convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture "Throw a glance","She gave me a dirty look"
    • v give convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow "Don't pay him any mind","give the orders","Give him my best regards","pay attention"
    • v give bestow "give homage","render thanks"
    • v give accord by verdict "give a decision for the plaintiff"
    • v give propose "He gave the first of many toasts at the birthday party"
    • v give give food to "Feed the starving children in India","don't give the child this tough meat"
    • v give be flexible under stress of physical force "This material doesn't give"
    • v give give or supply "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk","This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn","The estate renders some revenue for the family"
    • v give cause to happen or be responsible for "His two singles gave the team the victory"
    • v give bring about "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
    • v give perform for an audience "Pollini is giving another concert in New York"
    • v give present to view "He gave the sign to start"
    • v give organize or be responsible for "hold a reception","have, throw, or make a party","give a course"
    • v give move in order to make room for someone for something "The park gave way to a supermarket","`Move over,' he told the crowd"
    • v give break down, literally or metaphorically "The wall collapsed","The business collapsed","The dam broke","The roof collapsed","The wall gave in","The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
    • v give transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody "I gave her my money","can you give me lessons?","She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
    • v give leave with; give temporarily "Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?","Can I give you the children for the weekend?"
    • v give give as a present; make a gift of "What will you give her for her birthday?"
    • v give place into the hands or custody of "hand me the spoon, please","Turn the files over to me, please","He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
    • v give convey or reveal information "Give one's name"
    • v give transmit (knowledge or skills) "give a secret to the Russians","leave your name and address here","impart a new skill to the students"
    • v give contribute to some cause "I gave at the office"
    • v give give or convey physically "She gave him First Aid","I gave him a punch in the nose"
    • v give give (as medicine) "I gave him the drug"
    • v give cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense "She gave him a black eye","The draft gave me a cold"
    • v give bestow, especially officially "grant a degree","give a divorce","This bill grants us new rights"
    • v give be the cause or source of "He gave me a lot of trouble","Our meeting afforded much interesting information"
    • v give endure the loss of "He gave his life for his children","I gave two sons to the war"
    • v give afford access to "the door opens to the patio","The French doors give onto a terrace"
    • v give deliver in exchange or recompense "I'll give you three books for four CDs"
    • v give emit or utter "Give a gulp","give a yelp"
    • v give execute and deliver "Give bond"
    • n give the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Water, giving. Egypt Water, giving. Egypt
Give me. Absaroka Give me. Absaroka
I Was Starting to Give Him a Swift Punch 047 I Was Starting to Give Him a Swift Punch 047
Unwilling to give up horses altogether Unwilling to give up horses altogether
"They denied the right of suffrage to wimmen and give it to the Injuns." "They denied the right of suffrage to wimmen and give it to the Injuns."
"I'll give him a pull that will be apt to teach him his own place." "I'll give him a pull that will be apt to teach him his own place."
Bleubeard gives key to wife Bleubeard gives key to wife
HOPED SHE WOULD GIVE A FEW READINGS FROM HER OWN WORKS HOPED SHE WOULD GIVE A FEW READINGS FROM HER OWN WORKS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first state to give the right to women to vote was Wyoming
    • Give To afford a view of; as, his window gave the park.
    • Give To allow or admit by way of supposition. "I give not heaven for lost."
    • Give To attribute; to assign; to adjudge. "I don't wonder at people's giving him to me as a lover."
    • Give To become soft or moist.
    • Give 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."
    • Give 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."
    • Give To communicate or announce, as advice, tidings, etc.; to pronounce; to render or utter, as an opinion, a judgment, a sentence, a shout, etc.
    • Give 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.
    • Give To excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, to give offense; to give pleasure or pain.
    • Give 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.
    • Give To give a gift or gifts.
    • Give To grant power or license to; to permit; to allow; to license; to commission. "It is given me once again to behold my friend.""Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine."
    • Give To have a misgiving. "My mind gives ye're reserved
      To rob poor market women."
    • Give To move; to recede. "Now back he gives , then rushes on amain."
    • Give To open; to lead. "This, yielding, gave into a grassy walk."
    • Give To pledge; as, to give one's word.
    • Give (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.
    • Give To shed tears; to weep. "Whose eyes do never give But through lust and laughter."
    • Give 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 ?"
    • Give To yield to force or pressure; to relax; to become less rigid; as, the earth gives under the feet.
    • Give To yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, flint and steel give sparks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Most cows give more milk when they listen to music
    • give To deliver, convey, or transfer to another for possession, care, keeping, or use. To deliver or convey freely and without consideration or return; bestow: as, to give alms; to give one a present; to give large sums for the promotion of some cause.
    • give To deliver or convey in exchange or for a consideration; deliver as an equivalent or in requital, recompense, or reward; pay: as, to give a good price; to give good wages.
    • give To hand over for present use or for keeping; convey or present; place in the possession or at the disposal of another: as, to give a horse oats; to give one a seat; he gave me a book to read.
    • give To deliver or convey, in various general or figurative senses. To bestow; confer; grant: as, to give power or authority.
    • give To supply; furnish: as, to give aid or comfort to the enemy.
    • give To impart; communicate: as, to give a twist to a rope; to give motion or currency to something; to give lessons in drawing; to give instruction in Greek; to give an opinion; to give counsel or advice.
    • give To accord; allow: as, to give one a hearty reception; to give the accused a fair trial, or the benefit of a doubt; to give permission.
    • give To ascribe, attribute, or impute to.
    • give To administer: as, to give one a blow; to give medicine
    • give To yield. To yield as a product or result; produce; bring forth; afford: as, a process giving the best results; to give satisfactions or pleasure.
    • give To be a source, cause, or occasion of: as, to give offense or umbrage; to give trouble
    • give To yield or concede; allow: as, to give odds in a game.
    • give To yield or relinquish to another; surrender: as, to give ground; to give one's self up to justice; to give way.
    • give To emit; utter: as, to give a sigh or a shout; to give the word to go.
    • give To take or allow as granted; concede; permit; admit. To grant or concede as a fact; admit to be; acknowledge: with to be understood, or sometimes with for expressed.
    • give To grant permission or opportunity to; give leave to; allow; enable.
    • give To grant as a supposition; suppose; assume: as, let AB be given as equal to CD.
    • give To devote; addict: as, to give one's self to study; to be much given to idleness.
    • give To provide or supply, as something demanded, or obligatory, or required by the circumstances: as, to give bonds or bail; to give evidence in court; to give chapter and verse.
    • give To show or put forth, hold forth, or present. To present as a pledge: as, I give you my word of honor.
    • give To present to the eye or mind; exhibit; manifest: as, to give promise of a good day; to give hope of success; to give evidence of ability.
    • give To put forth, or present the appearance of putting forth, an effort resulting in; perform: as, the ship gave a lurch.
    • give [In these and similar locutions in which give is followed by a noun, it corresponds in sense to a verb derived from that noun: thus, to give assent, attention, battle, chase, occasion, warning, etc., = to assent, attend, battle, chase, occasion, warn, etc.]
    • give To cause; make; enable: as, give him to understand that I cannot wait longer.
    • give To put; bestow or place; set: as, to give fire to a thing. See below.
    • give To misgive.
    • give To bear as a cognizance.
    • give To grant an interview or a hearing: said of sovereigns, judges, and other persons in authority: as, to give audience to an envoy.
    • give To cause or permit to be known; let out; betray: as, to give away a secret; to give the whole thing away.
    • give To allow to be lost; lose by neglect.
    • give To give the word to fire.
    • give To resign; abandon; relinquish; give up: as, they gave off the voyage.
    • give To despair of one's recovery; conclude one's self to be lost.
    • give To resign or devote one's self.
    • give To emit; send out: as, it gives out a bad odor.
    • give To issue; assign; announce; publish; report: as, to give out the lessons for the day; it was given out that he was bankrupt.
    • give To represent; represent as being; declare or pretend to be.
    • give In music, to enunciate or play over; of a voice-part in a contrapuntal work, to enunciate (a theme); of an organist, to play over (a hymn-tune) before it is sung.
    • give To abandon; relinquish.
    • give To abandon all hope of.
    • give To devote or addict.
    • give To surrender; relinquish; cede: as, to give up a for-tress to an enemy; in this treaty the Spaniards gave up Louisiana.
    • give To deliver; make public; show up.
    • give To despair of the recovery of; abandon hope in regard to: as, the doctors gave him up.
    • give To yield assent; give permission.
    • give To fail; yield to force; break or fall; break down: as, the ice gave way, and the horses were drowned; the scaffolding gave way; the wheels or axletree gave way.
    • give Nautical, to begin or resume rowing, or to increase one's exertions: chiefly in the imperative, as an order to a boat's crew.
    • give Synonyms Give, Confer, Bestow, Present, Grant. Give is generic, covering the others, and applying equally to things tangible and intangible: as, to give a man a penny, a hearing, one's confidence. Conferring is generally the act of a superior allowing that which might be withheld: as, to confer knighthood or a boon. Bestow and grant emphasize the gratuitousness of the gift somewhat more than the others. Present implies some formality in the act of giving and considerable value in the gift. Grant may presuppose a request, may imply formality in the giving, and may express an act of a sovereign or a government: as, to grant land for a hospital; but it has broader uses: as, to grant a premise.
    • give To transfer or impart gratuitously something valuable; transfer that which is one's own to another without compensation; make a gift or donation.
    • give To yield, as from pressure, failure, softening, decay, etc.; fall away; draw back; relax; become exhausted.
    • give To open, or afford an opening, entrance, or view; lead: with into, on, or upon.
    • give To become moist, as dry salted fish when the salt deliquesces in a damp place.
    • n give Capacity for yielding to pressure; yielding character or quality; yieldingness; elasticity.
    • give See gyve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Samual Morse, who invented the telegraph, was originally a portrait painter and didn't give up painting to turn to inventing until he was 46 years old.
    • Give to throw away or abandon
    • v.t Give giv to bestow: to impart: to yield: to grant: to permit: to afford: to furnish: to pay or render, as thanks: to pronounce, as a decision: to show, as a result: to apply, as one's self: to allow or admit
    • v.i Give to yield to pressure: to begin to melt: to grow soft: to open, or give an opening or view, to lead (with upon, on, into):—pr.p. giv′ing; pa.t. gāve; pa.p. given (giv′n)
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
  • Giuseppe Garibaldi
    Giuseppe Garibaldi
    “Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.”
  • Marquis De Vauvenargues
    Marquis%20De%20Vauvenargues
    “Give help rather than advice.”
  • Hugh Nibley
    Hugh Nibley
    “Beauty is whatever gives joy.”
  • Erich Fromm
    Erich%20Fromm
    “Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “To give requires good sense.”

Idioms

Couldn't give two hoots - If you couldn't give two hoots about something, you don't care at all about it.
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Don't give up the day job - This idiom is used a way of telling something that they do something badly.
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Give a big hand - Applaud by clapping hands. 'Let's give all the contestents a big hand.'
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Give a dog a bad name - A person who is generally known to have been guilty of some offence will always be suspected to be the author of all similar types of offence. Once someone has gained a bad reputation, it is very difficult to lose it.
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Give and take - Where there is give and take, people make concessions in order to get things they want in negotiations.
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Give as good as you get - If you give as good as you get, you are prepared to treat people as badly as they treat you and to fight for what you believe.
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Give away the store - (USA) If someone gives away the store, they say or do something that makes their position in negotiations, debates, etc, much weaker.
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Give it some stick - (UK) If you give something some stick, you put a lot of effort into it.
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Give me a hand - If someone gives you a hand, they help you.
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Give me five - If someone says this, they want to hit your open hand against theirs as a way of congratulation or greeting.
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Give someone a leg up - If you give someone a leg up, you help them to achieve something that they couldn't have done alone.
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Give someone a piece of your mind - If you give someone a piece of your mind, you criticise them strongly and angrily.
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Give someone a run for their money - If you can give someone a run for the money, you are as good, or nearly as good, as they are at something.
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Give someone enough rope - If you give someone enough rope, you give them the chance to get themselves into trouble or expose themselves. (The full form is 'give someone enough rope and they'll hang themselves)
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Give someone stick - (UK) If someone gives you stick, they criticise you or punish you.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan,; akin to D. geven, OS. geðan, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth. giban,. Cf. Gift (n.)

Usage

In literature:

De Yankees took everything dey could, but dey didn't give us anything to eat.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Does she really love him, without giving sign?
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
And so does the good Lord give us new palates by giving us new hearts.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
These positions are assumed because they give relief from pain by lessening pressure or tension upon the sensitive structures.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
In giving homoeopathic remedies, give 5 or 6 pellets every 2 or 3 hours.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Then you will come to an entrance guarded by two hungry dogs; give them a piece of bread to eat.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
You give me too much, and I give nothing in return.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
And we will give you some of our cowslip-tea.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
The suitor must ask him to give her, and must induce him to give her by gifts.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Cecil is in white, with pale blue ribbons, which give her a sort of seraphic look.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I do not propose to give my reasons, though they would not be troublesome to give.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
To give us principles, to give us motives, to give us guidance, to give us weapons.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
He was enough of a philosopher to be willing to have other folks enjoy themselves and thereby give their approbation to his choice.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
What answer would you give to the question, Who was Taffy (page 54)?
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Now if you don't want him, just give him to me.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
They didn't give me no receipt for the papers and they didn't give me no receipt for the dollar.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
It went around saying, Give me, please, give me!
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Nature thus gives the mother the right to give her name to the family.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
They preserve the life-giving words of him whose mission it was to show mankind the way out of error by giving them truth.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Caroline must give it up, and give up her cousins too.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
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In poetry:

Lord of the lovely pageant,
Maker of night and day,
Is this a theme for glory,
To give and take away?
"The Eternal Infant" by Manmohan Ghose
O master of the pageant,
Maker of night and day,
Is this a theme for glory,--
To give and take away ?
"The Eternal Infant" by Manmohan Ghose
to the left to the right
the god gives a shake
and I walk
towards the other side
with infinite precaution
"Preamble (A Rough Draft For An Ars Poetica)" by Jean Cocteau
Strange spirit, leave me not too long,
Nor stint to give,
For if my soul have no sweet song,
It cannot live.
"Unrest" by Archibald Lampman
The Rock of Isr'el ever lives,
His name be ever blest;
'Tis his own arm the vict'ry gives,
And gives his people rest.
"Psalm 18 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
Smoke all night, smoke all night,
Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
My fair Lady.
"London Bridge is Falling Down" by Anonymous British

In news:

Volunteers give thanks by giving back in Ogdensburg.
In the first ever "Valley Gives " 24-hour online charitable giving event, donors gave nearly $92,000 to 29 Franklin County nonprofits.
On the day you give thanks for everything else in your life, you can also give thanks for TV, with TV.
Ever promised yourself that this year you were definitely going to give that bad habit the flick, only to give into your vice again after only a couple of hours.
LAS CRUCES — The time of year when we celebrate giving thanks for what we have is, paradoxically, the season when many are obsessing about what they do not have (or can't afford to give).
"We're going to give these kids a skill and give Haiti a future," Michael Lennox said.
Did O'Reilly finally give in and give Letterman the high-five .
0The Kansas City businessman is giving away $100,000 this holiday season, and spent the day in New Jersey and New York giving away thousands.
Giving to organizations that give back to troops.
0With Christmas approaching hundreds of non-profit organizations are at work giving you plenty of opportunities to give back.
0Giving Tuesday is aimed at getting Americans to "GIVE more, GIVE better, GIVE smarter this holiday season," as organizers put it in this promotional video.
In a recent national poll, only 21% of Americans give it a favorable rating KCII listeners have a more favorable opinion, giving Congress a 36% rating.
When give the opportunity, Jerrod Niemann wastes no time doing good for others, which is why the singer-songwriter is taking portion of proceeds raised from his upcoming Chicago concert and giving it to the children at St Jude .
Giving Back Giving back, June 24 .
Margaret gives us sneak peek into tomorrow's show and gives a shout out to the folks over at Kent Station.
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In science:

Giving such an isomorphism is equivalent to giving a basis (ei )i∈I for R consisting of pairwise orthogonal idempotents.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
The lowest-order forms give the standard results, and the next terms give their corrections.
General Relativistic Modification of a Pulsar Electromagnetic Field
Here, the conclusive measurement outcome is not to give information on the initial state itself but to give information on which unitary transformation to perform to recover the initial state at the receiving station.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
We will first give in Section 2 a simple bijection of the identity of Theorem 1 that gives several refinements of the identity.
Random partitions with non negative rth differences
We first give a simple argument which gives the limiting behavior of f (x) without, however, yielding an estimate for the rate of convergence.
Expected number of distinct part sizes in a random integer composition
We will not give a proof that this is always possible but only give the idea and a simple example for illustration.
Branching rules of semi-simple Lie algebras using affine extensions
Figure 1 shows in its three parts the binned histogram N (h) in the scaled form N/Lz versus h/Lz , giving a good data collapse for large enough L; the three parts correspond to Lz /L = 0.1, 1 and 10 and for large L seem to give the same curve.
Scaling in a simple model for surface growth in a random medium
Now taking i = 1, v = w and x = y in (◦) gives mk (u(x), v(x), v(z )) = mn k (u, v , v)mn (x, x, z ) = u(z ), which, since the m’s coincide with the restrictions of Maltsev operations, gives ♦.
Linear extensions and nilpotence for Maltsev theories
The first one is 3 × N fields, and the three others give N fields each (N being the index of the other gauge group in which they transform), giving a total of 6N.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
In §§6, 7, we give some examples and mention the connection with so called exceptional permutation actions and give a short proof of Theorem 1.6.
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
This gives on the gauge theory side a well-defined double scaling limit [2, 3], while on the geometric side it becomes a Penrose limit that gives the recently discovered maximally symmetric pp-wave background of type IIB string theory of Ref. .
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
Different models with the same input physics must give, as they give, the same results.
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars
We give the precise statement below; it gives slightly more, since it proves the vanishing (0.1) for some explicit curves which we know to be generic in the Brill-Noether sense.
Green's canonical syzygy conjecture for generic curves of odd genus
We give here an example in dimension d = 2, but we could easily give a similar example in any dimension d ≥ 2.
Ballistic random walks in random environment at low disorder
For massless excitations k2 = 0, the second equation in (29) gives the Lorentz condition kν εν = 0 which when substituted in the first gives, εµ = −ikµ ˜α.
Translational groups as generators of gauge transformations
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