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Definition of giving (Meaning of giving)
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Giving Giv"ing, n.
	     1. The act of bestowing as a gift; a conferring or imparting.
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	     2. A gift; a benefaction. [R.] --Pope.
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	     3. The act of softening, breaking, or yielding. ``Upon the
	        first giving of the weather.'' --Addison.
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	     {Giving in}, a falling inwards; a collapse.
	     {Giving out}, anything uttered or asserted; an outgiving.
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	              His givings out were of an infinite distance
	              From his true meant design.           --Shak.
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	  Give Give (g[i^]v), v. t. [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}, n.]
	     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.
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	              For generous lords had rather give than pay.
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	     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.
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	              What shall a man give in exchange for his soul ?
	                                                    --Matt. xvi.
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	     3. To yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, flint and
	        steel give sparks.
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	     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.
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	     5. To grant power or license to; to permit; to allow; to
	        license; to commission.
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	              It is given me once again to behold my friend.
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	              Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine.
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	     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.
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	     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.
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	     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.
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	     9. To allow or admit by way of supposition.
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	              I give not heaven for lost.           --Mlton.
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	     10. To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.
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	               I don't wonder at people's giving him to me as a
	               lover.                               --Sheridan.
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	     11. To excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, to give
	         offense; to give pleasure or pain.
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	     12. To pledge; as, to give one's word.
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	     13. To cause; to make; -- with the infinitive; as, to give
	         one to understand, to know, etc.
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	               But there the duke was given to understand
	               That in a gondola were seen together
	               Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica.     --Shak.
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	     14. To afford a view of; as, his window gave the park.
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	     {To give away}, to make over to another; to transfer.
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	              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.]
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	              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,
	     {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}, n.
	     {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}, n.
	     {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.
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	                   One that gives out himself Prince Florizel.
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	                   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).
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	                   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}, n.
	     {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.
	     {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
	     {To give up}.
	         (a) To abandon; to surrender. ``Don't give up the ship.''
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	                   He has . . . given up
	                   For certain drops of salt, your city Rome.
	         (b) To make public; to reveal.
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	                   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
	         (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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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