1. to bestow without receiving a return; to confer without compensation; to impart, as a possession; to grant, as authority or permission; to yield up or allow. For generous lords had rather give than pay. (Young)
7. to devote; to apply; used reflexively, to devote or apply one's self; as, the soldiers give themselves to plunder; also in this sense used very frequently in the past participle; as, the people are given to luxury and pleasure; the youth is given to study.
10. to attribute; to assign; to adjudge. I don't wonder at people's giving him to me as a lover. (Sheridan)
12. to pledge; as, to give one's word.
13. to cause; to make; with the infinitive; as, to give one to understand, to know, etc. But there the duke was given to understand That in a gondola were seen together Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica. (Shak) to give away, to make over to another; to transfer. Whatsoever we employ in charitable uses during our lives, is given away from ourselves. (Atterbury) to give back, to return; to restore. to give the bag, to cheat. I fear our ears have given us the bag. (j. Webster) to give birth to. to bear or bring forth, as a child. to originate; to give existence to, as an enterprise, idea. to give chase, to pursue. to give ear to. See ear. to give forth, to give out; to publish; to tell. to give ground. See ground, to give the hand, to pledge friendship or faith. to give the hand of, to espouse; to bestow in marriage. to give the head. See head, to give in. to abate; to deduct. to declare; to make known; to announce; to tender; as, to give in one's adhesion to a party. to give the lie to (a person), to tell (him) that he lies. to give line. See line. to give off, to emit, as steam, vapor, odour, etc. to give one's self away, to make an inconsiderate surrender of one's cause, an unintentional disclosure of one's purposes, or the like. to give out. to utter publicly; to report; to announce or declare. One that gives out himself prince Florizel. (Shak) Give out you are of Epidamnum. (Shak) to send out; to emit; to distribute; as, a substance gives out steam or odors. to give over. to yield completely; to quit; to abandon. to 1000 despair of. to addict, resign, or apply (one's self). The babylonians had given themselves over to all manner of vice. to give place, to withdraw; to yield one's claim. to give points. in games of skill, to equalize chances by conceding a certain advantage; to allow a handicap. to give useful suggestions. to give rein. See Rein, to give the sack . Same as to give the bag. to give and take. to average gains and losses. to exchange freely, as blows, sarcasms, etc. to give time, to accord extension or forbearance to a debtor. to give the time of day, to salute one with the compliment appropriate to the hour, as good morning. good evening, etc. to give tongue, in hunters phrase, to bark; said of dogs. to give up. to abandon; to surrender. Don't give up the ship. He has . . . Given up For certain drops of salt, your city Rome. (Shak) to make public; to reveal. I'll not state them By giving up their characters. (Beau.