• Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
    Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj giving given or giving freely "was a big tipper","the bounteous goodness of God","bountiful compliments","a freehanded host","a handsome allowance","Saturday's child is loving and giving","a liberal backer of the arts","a munificent gift","her fond and openhanded grandfather"
    • n giving disposing of property by voluntary transfer without receiving value in return "the alumni followed a program of annual giving"
    • n giving the act of giving
    • n giving the imparting of news or promises etc. "he gave us the news and made a great show of the giving","giving his word of honor seemed to come too easily"
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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."
Bleubeard gives key to wife Bleubeard gives key to wife
The holy man gives the bag to Father Grumbler The holy man gives the bag to Father Grumbler

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ostrich has two toes on each feet which gives it greater speed
    • Giving A gift; a benefaction.
    • Giving The act of bestowing as a gift; a conferring or imparting.
    • Giving The act of softening, breaking, or yielding. "Upon the first giving of the weather.""His givings out were of an infinite distance
      From his true meant design."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal for a mother to give her daughter a perm without a state license.
    • Giving the act of bestowing:
    • Giving (Shak.) an alleging of what is not real
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  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    “The more sympathy you give, the less you need.”
  • Gerald G. Jampolsky
    Gerald G. Jampolsky
    “To give is to receive...”
  • C. S. Lewis
    “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.”
  • Bernard Meltzer
    Bernard Meltzer
    “We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving”
  • Mother Teresa
    “It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.”


Couldn't give two hoots - If you couldn't give two hoots about something, you don't care at all about it.
Don't give up the day job - This idiom is used a way of telling something that they do something badly.
Give a big hand - Applaud by clapping hands. 'Let's give all the contestents a big hand.'
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.
Give and take - Where there is give and take, people make concessions in order to get things they want in negotiations.
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.
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.
Give it some stick - (UK) If you give something some stick, you put a lot of effort into it.
Give me a hand - If someone gives you a hand, they help you.
Give me five - If someone says this, they want to hit your open hand against theirs as a way of congratulation or greeting.
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.
Give someone a piece of your mind - If you give someone a piece of your mind, you criticise them strongly and angrily.
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.
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)
Give someone stick - (UK) If someone gives you stick, they criticise you or punish you.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. giefan; Goth. giban, Ger. geben.


In literature:

If you even give a yelp I'll come out by and by and beat you.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
I suppose it is as hard for theologians to give up their anti-Christian words and notions as it is for drunkards to give up their drink.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Give my name right flat, it's George Briggs; giving it round, it like dis, George McDuffie Briggs.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
You will give your orders, of course; but will give them to no one but to me.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
All that's buried in his grave, and you're giving me everything father wanted me to have.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
What I give, I go and give with no sneakin' about it or prying into Ellanory's poverty.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
He'd say 'I give this man to you' and say 'Clark, I give this woman to you and now you is man and wife.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
His friends say that he gives liberally when he gives at all.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
We shall be very glad if it give you pleasure.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
It is found in practice that an alkaline bath gives the best results.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech

In poetry:

That perfect trust 'at childer have,
Gives life its greatest charm;
Noa wisdom after years can give,
Will keep ther hearts as warm.
"Sixty An Sixteen" by John Hartley
My Sybaris so noble is
That, by the gods, I love him madly!
That I might save him from the grave,
I'd give my life, and give it gladly!
"The Reconciliation" by Eugene Field
My Sybaris so noble is
That, by the gods! I love him madly—
That I might save
Him from the grave
I'd give my life, and give it gladly!
"Horace And Lydia Reconciled" by Eugene Field
Yea, give the morning to the lark,
The nightingale its glimmering grove,
Give moonlight to the hungry dark,
But to man's heart give love!
"Song I" by Mathilde Blind
``Poor, who had plenty once,
``When gifts fell thick as rain:
``But they give us nought, for the nonce,
``And how should we give again?''
"The Twins" by Robert Browning
The moon gives you light,
And the bugles and the drums give you music;
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,
My heart gives you love.
"Dirge For Two Veterans" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Strange and unique gift giving for him For the person who has it all, give him Twinkies or a NFL toaster.
LEWISTON — Too many girls aim too low, give away their power or give in to fear.
"Tomorrow I'm going to give thanks that I had him for five years and I hope that everybody else will give thanks that they have their loved ones as long as they do," said Guglielmo.
SAN BENITO — After a month of gas card give aways, NewsCenter 23 and Smart Car of San Juan finally held our Smart Car give away and Miss Ava Hernandez San Benito is our winner.
Give to the Max is a great way all of Minnesota can give to their favorite non-profit organizations.
"Giving gift cards is an easy solution if you don't now what to buy , but giving cash guarantees that your gift will be used and not forgotten in a wallet or drawer," said Bill Hardekopf, CEO of
I tell myself that she's just giving me love, but in truth, she wants me to get up and give her snacks.
To help donors make wise choices in their charitable giving, Park Synagogue presents a Dec 4 panel discussion on "Making an Impact through Charitable Giving".
From live music to the coolest festivals, JoJo, Showcase's Downtown Diva, gives her "best jam" pick for this weekend's bands, plus her weekly wrap-ups giving us the skinny on who, what, when and where for downtown Erie's top entertainment.
Jase Bolger claims they are doing it for the benefit of workers, that this will give them more freedom and autonomy in the workplace by giving them a choice whether or not they want to join the union and pay dues.
"I hope this gives them pause and gives them a second thought about making sure those things are addressed.".
Also, there would be social and political pressure to give -- particularly if a measure's opponents were giving a matching amount.
Americans would be more willing to give up the tax deduction for charitable giving than some other popular tax breaks, including the one for the interest on their home mortgages .
This is a commitment to give by faith, based on God's promises , expecting Him to enable you to give it.
Toledo area folks continue to give, give, give, in the name of charity.

In science:

Unfortunately, though we give their rectangular R-transforms with ratio λ, except for α = 1 (see the previous paragraph), we cannot give the densities of these laws.
Rectangular random matrices. Related convolution
Then the sequence of independent uniform variables (Uk ; k ≥ 1) gives rise to, with probability one, an ordering ⊳ distributed according to λ, and similarly (Vk ; k ≥ 1) gives rise to an ordering ⊳′ .
Random orderings of the integers and card shuffling
Those methods are also able to give extremely precise predictions for the moments of the L-functions [Y2], and these give support to the models.
Modeling families of L-functions
The table gives the generator-level jet ET where the threshold (in GeV) on the reconstructed jet ET gives 95% e–ciency.
The CMS High Level Trigger
Our analogous results Theorem 1.2 and 1.3 do not give an algorithm for weighted pro jective lines so easily, but in Section 8, by exploiting the decomposition of a general sheaf into the direct sum of a vector bundle and a torsion sheaf, we are able to give an algorithm.
General sheaves over weighted projective lines