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     n : the elasticity of something that can be stretched and
         returns to its original length [syn: spring, springiness]
     v 1: cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense: "She
          gave him a black eye"; "The draft gave me a cold"
     2: be the cause or source of; "He gave me a lot of trouble";
        "Our meeting afforded much interesting information" [syn:
        yield, afford]
     3: transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to
        somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me
        lessons?" "She gave the children lots of love and tender
        loving care" [ant: take]
     4: convey or reveal information; "Give one's name"
     5: convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.;
        bestow; "Don't pay him any mind"; "give the orders"; "Give
        him my best regards"; "pay attention" [syn: pay]
     6: organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception," "have,
        throw, or make a party", "give a course", etc. [syn: hold,
         throw, have, make]
     7: convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical
        gesture; "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look"
        [syn: throw]
     8: give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her
        for her birthday?" [syn: gift, present]
     9: bring about; "His two singles gave the team the victory"
        [syn: bring about, yield]
     10: as in the expressions "give thought to"; "give priority to",
         etc. [syn: pay, devote]
     11: give or supply; "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This
         year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate
         renders some revenue for the family" [syn: render, yield,
          return, generate]
     12: tell or deposit (information) knowledge; "give a secret to
         the Russians"; "leave your name and address here" [syn: impart,
          leave, pass on]
     13: bring about; "The trompe l'oeil-illusion establishes depth"
         [syn: establish]
     14: leave with; give temporarily: "Can I give you my keys while
         I go in the pool?" "Can I give you the children for the
     15: emit or utter; "Give a gulp"; "give a yelp"
     16: endure the loss of; "He gave his life for his children"; "I
         gave two sons to the war" [syn: sacrifice]
     17: place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to
         me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
         [syn: pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over]
     18: give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; "She
         committed herself to the work of God"; "give one's
         talents to a good cause" [syn: dedicate, commit, devote]
     19: give, as of medicine; "I gave him the drug"
     20: give or convey physically: "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave
         him a punch in the nose" [syn: apply]
     21: bestow; "give hommage"; "render thanks" [syn: render]
     22: bestow, esp. officially; "grant a degree"; "give a divorce";
         "This bill grants us new rights" [syn: grant]
     23: move in order to make room for someone for something; "The
         park gave way to a supermarket"; "`Move over,' he told
         the crowd" [syn: move over, give way, ease up, yield]
     24: give food to; "Feed the starving children in India"; "don't
         give the child this tough meat" [syn: feed, grub]
         [ant: starve]
     25: contribute to some cause; "I gave at the office" [syn: contribute,
          chip in, kick in]
     26: break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall
         collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke";
         "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof
         finally gave under the weight of the ice" [syn: collapse,
          fall in, cave in, give way, break, founder]
     27: estimate the duration or outcome of something; "He gave the
         patient three months to live"; "I gave him a very good
         chance at success"
     28: execute and deliver; "Give bond"
     29: deliver in exchange or recompense: "I'll give you three
         books for four CDs"
     30: afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French
         doors give onto a terrace" [syn: afford, open]
     31: present to view; "He gave the sign to start"
     32: perform for an audience; "Pollini is giving another concert
         in New York"
     33: be flexible under stress of physical force; "This material
         doesn't give" [syn: yield]
     34: propose as a toast
     35: legal use: accord by verdict; "give a decision for the
     36: manifest or show; "This student gives promise of real
         creativity"; "The office gave evidence of tampering"
     37: offer in good faith; "He gave her his word"
     38: submit for consideration, judgment, or use; "give one's
         opinion"; 'give an excuse"
     39: guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion: "You gave me
         to think that you agreed with me"
     40: allow to have or take; "I give you two minutes to respond"
     41: inflict as a punishment; "She gave the boy a good spanking";
         "The judge gave me 10 years"
     42: occur; "what gives?" (slang)
     43: consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man; "She
         gave herself to many men"
     44: proffer, as of a body part; "She gave her hand to her little