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GIVING (giv)

Meaning for Giving

GIVE: gerund or present participle: giving

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

Giv”ing, n.

  1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Give.
  2. (n.) The act of bestowing as a gift; a conferring or imparting.
  3. (n.) A gift; a benefaction. [R.] Pope.
  4. (n.) The act of softening, breaking, or yielding. “Upon the first giving of the weather.” Addison. Giving in, a falling inwards; a collapse.

— Giving out, anything uttered or asserted; an outgiving. His givings out were of an infinite distance From his true meant design. Shak.

Webster’s New International Dictionary of the English Language, 1909, is a public domain dictionary, as is also the revised 1913 edition. These dictionaries were published by the G. & C. Merriam Company of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Defined Giving by

verb (used with object), gave, giv·en, giv·ing.

  1. to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to give a birthday present to someone.
  2. to hand to someone: Give me that plate, please.
  3. to place in someone’s care: If you give me your coat, I’ll put it in the closet.
  4. to grant (permission, opportunity, etc.) to someone: Give me a chance.
  5. to impart or communicate: to give advice; to give a cold to someone.
  6. to set forth or show; present; offer: He gave no reason for his lateness.
  7. to pay or transfer possession to another in exchange for something: They gave five dollars for the picture. He gave me the car for $800.
  8. to furnish, provide, or proffer: to give evidence; Let me give you my umbrella before you go out in this rain.
  9. to provide as an entertainment or social function: to give a New Year’s Eve party.
    to deal or administer:
  10. to give a blow to someone; to give medicine to a patient.
  11. to put forth, emit, or utter; issue: to give a cry; to give a command.
  12. to assign or admit as a basis of calculation or reasoning (usually used passively): These facts being given, the argument makes sense.
  13. to produce, yield, or afford: to give good results; 9 × 8 gives 72; The hen gave six eggs a week.
  14. to make, do, or perform: to give a start; to give a lurch.
  15. to perform or present publicly: to give a play; to give a concert.
  16. to cause; be responsible for (usually followed by an infinitive): They gave me to understand that you would be there.
  17. to care about something to the value or extent of (something fanciful): I don’t give a hoot about his opinion.
  18. to relinquish or sacrifice: to give one’s life for a cause.
  19. to convey or transmit: Give Aunt Betty my love.
  20. to assign or allot: Give every man a full ration of biscuits. They gave him the name of “Joseph.”
  21. to bestow (the object of one’s choice) upon, as if by providence: Give me the wide open spaces anytime.
  22. to be connected with, as by a telephone operator: Give me 235-7522.
  23. to present to an audience, as an entertainer, speaker, or act: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the governor of Texas.
  24. to attribute or ascribe: to give the devil his due; After long study the critic gave the unsigned work to a minor impressionist.
  25. to cause or occasion: She gives me a pain in the neck.
  26. to apply fully or freely: He gives his free time to golf.
  27. to award by verdict or after consideration: A decision was given for the defendant.
  28. to inflict as a punishment on another; punish by; impose a sentence of: The judge gave him five years.
  29. to pledge, offer as a pledge, or execute and deliver: He gave her his promise. Can you give bond?
  30. to propose as the subject of a toast (followed by an indirect object): Ladies and gentlemen, I give you our country.
  31. to bear to a man; deliver (followed by an indirect object): She gave him a beautiful baby boy.
  32. to sire upon a woman; father (followed by an indirect object): He gave her two children in the first five years of marriage.
  33. to concede or grant, as a point in an argument.

verb (used without object), gave, giv·en, giv·ing.

  1. to make a gift or gifts; contribute: to give to the United Way.
  2. to yield somewhat, as to influence or force; compromise: We can’t negotiate until each side is willing to give on some points.
  3. to yield somewhat when subjected to weight, force, pressure, etc.: A horsehair mattress doesn’t give much.
  4. to collapse; break down; fall apart; fail: The antique chair gave when I sat on it.
  5. to be warm and open in relationships with other persons: a withdrawn person who doesn’t know how to give.
  6. Informal. to divulge information: Okay now, give! What happened?
  7. to afford a view or passage; face, open, or lead (usually followed by on, onto, etc.): The window gives on the sea. This door gives onto the hallway.


  1. the quality or state of being resilient; springiness.

Verb Phrases

  1. give away,
    a. to give as a present; bestow.
    b. to present (the bride) to the bridegroom in a marriage ceremony.
    c. to expose or betray (a person).
    d. to reveal (a confidence or secret, hidden motives, true feelings, etc.): That remark gave away his real feelings.
  2. give back, to return (something), as to its owner; restore: You haven’t given back the books you borrowed from me.
  3. give birth to. birth(def 10).
  4. give in,
    a. to acknowledge defeat; yield.
    b. to hand in; deliver: Please give in your timecards.
  5. give of, to devote or contribute generously of: to give of oneself; to give of one’s abundance.
  6. give off, to put forth; emit: The gardenia gives off a very strong fragrance.
  7. give out,
    a. to send out; emit.
    b. to make public; announce.
    c. to distribute; issue.
    d. to become exhausted.
    e. to become used up; fail: The fuel gave out.
    f. to do or express something, especially unrestrainedly or easily: to give out with a song.
  8. give over,
    a. to put into the care of; transfer: She gave over all her property to her daughter.
    b. to put an end to; stop: They will never give over their impossible dreams.
    c. to indulge in without restraint: She gave herself over to tears.
    d. to devote to a specified activity: The day was given over to relaxing in the sun.
  9. give up,
    a. to abandon hope; despair.
    b. to desist from; renounce: to give up smoking. surrender; relinquish.
    d. to devote (oneself) entirely to: She gave herself up to her job and seldom saw her old friends.
    e. South Midland consider; deem: She’s given up to be the kindest woman around here.

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Origin  before 900

Give. verb

Old English giefan (W. Saxon) “to give, bestow; allot, grant; commit, devote, entrust,” class V strong verb (past tense geaf, past participle giefen), from Proto-Germanic *gebanan (cf. Old Frisian jeva, Middle Dutch gheven, Dutch geven, Old High German geban, German geben, Gothic giban), from PIE *ghabh- “to take, hold, have, give” (see habit). It became yiven in Middle English, but changed to guttural “g” by influence of Old Norse gefa “to give,” Old Danish givæ. Meaning “to yield to pressure” is from 1570s.

Give in “yield” is from 1610s; give out is mid-14c., “publish, announce;” meaning “run out, break down” is from 1520s. Give up “surrender” is mid-12c. To give (someone) a cold seems to reflect the old belief that one could be cured of disease by deliberately infecting others. What gives? “what is happening?” is attested from 1940. Give-and-take (n.) is originally from horse racing (1769) and refers to races in which bigger horses were given more weight to carry, lighter ones less. General sense attested by 1778.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Scripture of Biblical Giving

Generosity Encouraged

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (KJV)
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (ASV)
6 But this I say, He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he that soweth [a]bountifully shall reap also [b]bountifully. 7 Let each man do according as he hath purposed in his heart: not [c]grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6 Greek with blessings. Compare verse 5.
2 Corinthians 9:6 Greek with blessings. Compare verse 5.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Greek of sorrow.

American Standard Version (ASV) and King James Version (KJV) are from founded in Public Domain

Examples for GIVING 

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ―Anne Frank

“For it is in giving that we receive.” ―St. Francis of Assisi

“For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6 of King James Version Bible

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ―Winston S. Churchill

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

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