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 ~”: