Give away

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to give away (third-person singular simple present gives away, present participle giving away, simple past gave away, past participle given away)

  1. (transitive) To make a gift of (something).
    I didn't like that book, so I gave it away.
  2. (transitive) To relinquish control over.
    • 2010 September, Stephen Schenkenberg, "Many Big Ideas, One Big Transition", St. Louis magazine, ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 16:
      This issue marks a first of its kind for St. Louis Magazine: We've given away our cover feature. [] In early summer, our editors [] posed a collective question: What if we asked some [] citizens what the future should look like? We'll give each of them [] 200 words of space in the magazine [] .
      It was a risk: Editors like to control magazine content [] .
  3. (transitive) To formally hand over a bride to the bridegroom; often by her father.
    Who giveth away this woman to this man in Holy matrimony?
  4. (reflexive, transitive) To unintentionally reveal a secret, or expose someone.
    He gave himself away with a stupid lie.
    He gave away his hiding place when he accidentally sneezed.
  5. (transitive) To concede an advantage in weight, time, height etc.
    Despite giving away twenty pounds in weight, the challenger found a knock-out blow in the second round.

Derived terms


abandon, abjure, arrange a match, babble, be indiscreet, be unguarded, bestow, betray, betray a confidence, blab, blabber, blurt, blurt out, break, break open, break up, burst, cast, cast aside, cast away, cast off, cede, chuck, come apart, come unstuck, couple, crack, deep-six, devote, discard, disclose, discover, disgorge, disintegrate, dispense with, dispose of, ditch, divulge, do without, donate, drop, dump, eighty-six, eliminate, fall to pieces, fissure, forgo, forswear, fracture, get along without, get quit of, get rid of, get shut of, give up, give way, hand out, have done with, hitch, inform, inform on, jettison, jilt, join, join together, kiss good-bye, leak, let drop, let fall, let slip, make a match, make a sacrifice, make one, marry, match, mouth, nuptial, part with, peach, present, quitclaim, rat, recant, reject, relinquish, remove, render up, renounce, resign, retract, reveal a secret, rupture, sacrifice, sing, slough, snap, spare, spill, spill the beans, splice, split, spring a leak, squeal, start, stool, surrender, swear off, talk, tattle, tattle on, tell, tell on, tell secrets, tell tales, throw away, throw out, throw over, throw overboard, throw up, toss overboard, unite, unite in marriage, vacate, waive, wed, yield



In all senses the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.

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