- 1to come to an end; to be completely used up After a month their food supplies gave out. Her patience finally gave out.
- 2to stop working One of the plane's engines gave out in mid-air. Her legs gave out and she collapsed.
to give something to a lot of people The teacher gave out the exam papers.
- 1to produce something such as heat, light, etc. The radiator gives out a lot of heat.
- 2[often passive] (especially British English) to tell people about something or broadcast something