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Give (someone) your word.


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Synonyms of give

  • as in to donate
  • as in to leave
  • as in to offer
  • as in to collapse
  • as in to pay
  • as in to express
  • as in to devote
  • as in to yield
  • as in to provide
  • as in to run by
  • as in to transmit
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Thesaurus Definition of give

Synonyms & Similar Words

  • fork (over, out, or up)
  • pungle (up)

Antonyms & Near Antonyms

  • come out with
  • impersonate
  • run through
  • fritter (away)
  • give air to
  • disseminate
  • communicate
  • get cracking
  • turn a hand
  • get with it
  • turn one's hand
  • get one's act together
  • settle (down)
  • knuckle down
  • plunge (in)
  • plug (away)
  • fool around
  • fiddle (around)
  • putter (around)
  • mess around
  • monkey (around)
  • potter (around)
  • parcel (out)
  • keep (back)
  • hold (back)
  • contaminate
  • come down (with)

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How does the verb give contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of give are afford , bestow , confer , donate , and present . While all these words mean "to convey to another as a possession," give , the general term, is applicable to any passing over of anything by any means.

When is it sensible to use afford instead of give ?

Although the words afford and give have much in common, afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver.

When can bestow be used instead of give ?

While the synonyms bestow and give are close in meaning, bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver.

When is confer a more appropriate choice than give ?

While in some cases nearly identical to give , confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor).

In what contexts can donate take the place of give ?

The synonyms donate and give are sometimes interchangeable, but donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity).

When might present be a better fit than give ?

The meanings of present and give largely overlap; however, present carries a note of formality and ceremony.

Phrases Containing give

give a hang

  • give birth to
  • give a hard time
  • give ground
  • give one the creeps
  • give one the gate
  • give one's word
  • give rise to
  • give up the ghost
  • give the third degree to
  • give notice
  • give the lie to
  • give up (to)
  • give (someone) the third degree

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“Give.” Thesaurus , Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2024.

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  2. GIVE Synonyms: 346 Similar and Opposite Words

    Synonyms for GIVE: donate, volunteer, provide, present, contribute, bestow, offer, give of; Antonyms of GIVE: keep, hold, retain, withhold, save, preserve, lend, sell

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  4. GIVE YOUR WORD in Thesaurus: 100+ Synonyms & Antonyms for

    be dissembling. be dissimulating. be double-dealing. be duplicitous. be economical with the truth. be evasive. be faithless. be fake. be fakey.