Phrasal verbs with give


Give away/out [something] means to distribute something:

  • The bank was giving away calendars this week.
  • The toy shop gave balloons out to children today.

Give [someone] away means to reveal a person’s real identity or secret:

  • Bob dressed as Santa Clause, but his cologne gave him away.
  • The bank robber’s raspy voice gave him away and he was easily identified.

Give in means to surrender or yield one’s opinion or position:

  • The boss finally gave in and let me have a day off on Friday.
  • No matter how much the children begged their mother for a new toy, she didn’t give in.

We use give it up for ~ in the imperative form to mean “please begin applauding for ~”:

  • And now, please give it up for our featured presenter, Mr. Bill Gates!
  • Ladies and Gentlemen: Let’s give it up for our employee of the month, Jack Jones.

Give off means to emit (light, energy, heat, scent, etc):

  • That heater gives off enough heat for the whole room.
  • Those flowers give off a lovely fragrance.

[something] gives out means to use up one’s energy, power, or physical ability:

  • I was talking all day at the meeting and by 7pm, my voice gave out.
  • After walking around the city all morning, my legs gave out. I just had to take a break.

Give up means to surrender or to stop making an effort to do something.

  • The bank robber gave up when he realized the police were surrounding his house.
  • gave up asking the boss for a day off. He’s not such a flexible guy.

Give up also means to quit doing something habitual

  • gave up smoking when I was twenty-five.
  • I heard Jane gave up drinking coffee.

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