Definition of give noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɡɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ɡɪv//
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  • [uncountable] the ability of something to bend or stretch under pressure The shoes may seem tight at first, but the leather has plenty of give in it.
  • Word OriginOld English giefan, gefan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch geven and German geben.Idioms
    1. 1willingness in a relationship to accept what somebody else wants and give up some of what you want If the dispute is to be resolved there must be some give and take. Marriage is a give-and-take relationship.
    2. 2an exchange of words or ideas to encourage a lively give and take
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: give