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GIVE, pret. gave pp. given. Heb. to give. The sense of give is generally to pass, or to transfer, that is, to send or throw.

1. To bestow to confer to pass or transfer the title or property of a thing to another person without an equivalent or compensation.

For generous lords had rather give than pay.

2. To transmit from himself to another by hand, speech or writing to deliver.

The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Genesis 3

3. To import to bestow.

Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. Matthew 25

4. To communicate as, to give an opinion to give counsel or advice to give notice.
5. To pass or deliver the property of a thing to another for an equivalent to pay. We give the full value of all we purchase. A dollar is given for a day's labor.

What shall a man give in exchange for this soul? Matthew 16

6. To yield to lend in the phrase to give ear, which signifies to listen to hear.
7. To quit in the phrase to give place, which signifies to

withdraw, or retire to make room for another.

8. To confer to grant.

What wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless? Genesis 15 .

9. To expose to yield to the power of.

Give to the wanton winds their flowing hair.

10. To grant to allow to permit.

It is given me once again to behold my friend.

11. To afford to supply to furnish.

Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings. Exodus 10

12. To empower to license to commission.

Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine.

But this and similar phrases are probably elliptical give for give power or license. So in the phrases,give me to understand, give me to know, give the flowers to blow, that is, to give power, to enable.

13. To pay or render as, to give praise, applause or approbation.
14. To render to pronounce as, to give sentence or judgment to give the word of command.
15. To utter to vent as, to give a shout.
16. To produce to show to exhibit as a product or result as, the number of men divided by the number of ships, gives four hundred to each ship.
17. To cause to exist to excite in another as, to give offense or umbrage to give pleasure.
18. To send forth to emit as, a stone gives sparks with steel.
19. To addict to apply to devote one's self, followed by the reciprocal pronoun. The soldiers give themselves to plunder. The passive participle is much used in this sense as, the people are given to luxury and pleasure the youth is given to study.

Give thyself wholly to them. 1 Timothy 4

20. To resign to yield up often followed by up.

Who say, I care not, those I give for lost.

21. To pledge as, I give my word that the debt shall be paid.
22. To present for taking or acceptance as, I give you my hand.
23. To allow or admit by way of supposition.

To give away, to alienate the title or property of a thing to make over to another to transfer.

Whatsoever we employ in charitable uses, during our lives, is given away from ourselves.

To give back, to return to restore.

To give forth, to publish to tell to report publicly.

To give the hand, to yield preeminence, as being subordinate or inferior.

To give in, to allow by way of abatement or deduction from a claim to yield what may be justly demanded.

To give over, to leave to quit to cease to abandon as, to give over a pursuit.

1. To addict to attach to to abandon.

When the Babylonians had given themselves over to all manner of vice.

2. To despair of recovery to believe to be lost, or past recovery. The physician had given over the patient, or given the patient over.
3. To abandon.

To give out, to utter publicly to report to proclaim to publish. It was given out that parliament would assemble in November.

1. To issue to send forth to publish.

The night was distinguished by the orders which he gave out to his army.

2. To show to exhibit in false appearance.
3. To send out to emit as, a substance gives out steam or odors.

To give up, to resign to quit to yield as hopeless as, to give up a cause to give up the argument.

1. To surrender as, to give up a fortress to an enemy.
2. To relinquish, to cede. In this treaty the Spaniards gave up Louisiana.
3. To abandon as, to give up all hope. They are given up to believe a lie.
4. To deliver.

And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people to the king. 2 Samuel 24 .

To give one's self up, to despair of one's recovery to conclude to be lost.

1. To resign or devote.

Let us give ourselves wholly up to Christ in heart and desire.

2. To addict to abandon. He gave himself up to intemperance.

To give way, to yield to withdraw to make room for. Inferiors should give way to superiors.

1. To fail to yield or force to break or fall. The ice gave way and the horses were drowned. The scaffolding gave way. The wheels or axletree gave way.
2. To recede to make room for.
3. In seamen's language, give way is an order to a boat's crew to row after ceasing, or to increase their exertions.

GIVE, giv. To yield to pressure. The earth gives under the feet.

1. To begin to melt to thaw to grow soft, so as to yield to pressure.
2. To move to recede.

Now back he gives,then rushes on amain.

To give in, to be back to give way. Not in use.

To give into, to yield assent to adopt.

This consideration may induce a translator to give in to those general phrases.

To give off, to cease to forbear. Little used.

To give on, to rush to fall on. Not in use.

To give out, to publish to proclaim.

1. To cease from exertion to yield applied to persons. He labored hard, but gave out at last.

To give over, to cease to act no more to desert.

It would be well for all authors, if they knew when to give over, and to desist from any further pursuits after fame.

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Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Give'. King James Dictionary.

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