Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


My very blood boiled in my veins, that such an one as he could give me pain.

Give your heart up to it, as a little child led by its mother's hand!

This cop that found me in a hallway, he says I must have been give a dose of Peter.

That's a scurvy welcome to give a nephew you haven't seen for eighteen years.

I'm going to stay to dinner with you, and you must give me something better than that.

I don't think it will, mind, but it's best to be prepared, so give me the key.

Would you mind selling it to me if I will give you money enough to buy a new one?

You'd better not tell him so, or he might give you a lesson in politeness.

“Master Headley will give us work, mayhap,” said Stephen, turning to Tibble.

We'll use a part of them ourselves, and what we can't use I will give away.


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.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.