giver

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n giver person who makes a gift of property
    • n giver someone who devotes himself completely "there are no greater givers than those who give themselves"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Giver One who gives; a donor; a bestower; a grantor; one who imparts or distributes. "It is the giver , and not the gift, that engrosses the heart of the Christian."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n giver One who gives; a donor; a bestower; a granter; one who imparts, dispenses, distributes, or contributes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Giver one who gives or bestows
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “God loveth a cheerful giver. [2 Corinthians 9:7]”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.”
  • Eugene Benge
    Eugene Benge
    “Getters don't get -- givers get.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Go-Givers will become the best go-getters.”

Idioms

Indian giver - An Indian giver gives something, then tries to take it back.
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

These Four Winds were regarded as the messengers of the Giver of Life, known as Wakon'da by the Omaha and kindred tribes.
"Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs" by Alice C. Fletcher
Did her thoughts dwell upon the giver of that book?
"Wild Western Scenes" by John Beauchamp Jones
It is not so much the cream-tarts themselves that we suspect, as the motive of the giver.
"Emerson and Other Essays" by John Jay Chapman
Disgraceful to the giver and to those who accept.
"The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight" by Elizabeth von Arnim
The object of such a luau is usually to enable the giver to pay for his new house, or to raise money for some private object of his own.
"Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" by Charles Nordhoff
The motives which actuated the giver were of a mixed character, as these memorials indicate.
"The Common People of Ancient Rome" by Frank Frost Abbott
Let us head our brief list with Cortes, the name-giver, who dreamed long years of the golden land he was never to see.
"Stories of California" by Ella M. Sexton
I believe that the wealthy men and women of America are the most liberal givers for the benefit of humanity that can be found in all the world.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
In relation to the Eternal he is the source of grace, in relation to man he is the life-giver and mediator.
"The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II." by Annie Besant
Then, if you are wise and grateful, you thank the Giver of all, and go to sleep.
"The Ethics of Drink and Other Social Questions" by James Runciman
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In poetry:

Who gives no sunshine from his soul
Must live in darkness ever,
For Nature scorns to such degree,
She blinds a sordid giver.
"Courage And Faith" by Jared Barhite
And with them, to my fancy's eye,
The fresh-faced givers smiling come,
And nine and thirty happy girls
Make glad a lonely room.
"Winter Roses" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Beauty's cheek but blooms to wither,
Smiling hours but come to fly;
They are gone; Time's but the giver
Of whate'er is doomed to die.
"Ehue! Fugaces, Posthume, Labuntur Anni" by Jones Very
Decks the spring with flowers the field?
Harvest rich doth autumn yield?
Giver of all good below!
Lord! from Thee these blessings flow.
"Thou Who Art Enthroned Above!" by George Sandys
"The gracious prince that gives him life
Would crown a never-dying flame,
And every tender babe I bore
Should learn to lisp the giver's name.
"Jemmy Dawson" by Henry Morley
To prize his gift was surely right;
But through the folly of my heart,
It hid the Giver from my sight,
And soon my joy was changed to smart.
"The Gourd" by John Newton

In news:

Fund aims at attracting givers for college savings in Mississippi.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers with GIVERS and the Preservation Hall Horns.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers with members of GIVERS and the Preservation Hall horns play Voodoo Sunday, October 28 at 4:15 pm, on the Preservation Hall stage.
Lifting veil of big givers.
The Star's editorial Generous givers boost United Way.
Lois Lowry goes for the big build in 'Son,' her conclusion of the pioneering dystopic series begun 19 years ago with 'The Giver.'.
Lois Lowry's 'Son' a gripping end to 'The Giver' series.
Jack and Mary moved to Reno to be closer to Jack 's medical care givers.
The machine lets givers choose how their money supports the church.
Gotye's 2012 North American Tour Stops at the UNO Lakefront Arena, October 10th, with special guests Givers and Jonti.
When Blake Mycoskie founder and "Chief Shoe Giver" of TOMS Shoes, spoke about the keys to his company's success at this year's SXSW Interactive conference, maybe he should have mentioned a good public-relations team.
Repeat givers continue support for Salvation Army Christmas Fund.
On behalf of Vivian L Hale, the Hale family would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for the outstanding care and compassion that the Tendercare staff and care givers provided our mother during her 3 year stay.
Lois Lowry , whose book The Giver won a Newbery Medal, talks about her latest novel, Son.
Before "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games" there was "The Giver".
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In science:

The bidirectional communication allowed for reporting of critical situations back to a responsible care-giver, so MEMOS can be used even in a critical context.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
In such cases, the motivation levels of test takers become a matter of concern to test givers because a lack of examinee effort represents a direct threat to the reliability of the test data.
Test item response time and the response likelihood
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