Phrasal Verbs with Give: List I

Phrasal Verbs Lesson

Welcome to our Phrasal Verbs lesson! Phrasal verbs are combinations of verbs and prepositions or adverbs that have unique meanings. In this lesson, we'll explore various phrasal verbs and their meanings. Let's dive in!

Give away

Make a gift of (something)

  • She decided to give away her old books to a local library.
  • He gave away his guitar to his younger brother.

Give away

Formally hand over a bride to the bridegroom; often by her father

  • The father proudly gave away his daughter during the wedding ceremony.
  • She walked down the aisle as her father gave her away to her soon-to-be husband.

Give away

Unintentionally reveal a secret, or expose someone

  • He accidentally gave away the surprise party by mentioning it to the birthday girl.
  • She realized she had given herself away when her face turned bright red.

Give away

Concede an advantage in weight, time, height etc.

  • The wrestler decided to give away some weight to his opponent for a fair match.
  • She gave away a few seconds in the race to let her competitor catch up.

Give back

Return, restore

  • Please remember to give back the borrowed books to the library.
  • He promised to give the money back as soon as he received his paycheck.

Give back

Contribute money, goods or, especially, services for charitable purposes, as if in return for one’s own success

  • They decided to give back to the community by volunteering at a local shelter.
  • She believes in the importance of giving back and donates a portion of her earnings to charity.

Give forth

Emit or release something

  • The flower gave forth a pleasant fragrance that filled the room.
  • The tree gave forth a rustling sound as the wind blew through its branches.

Give forth

Give off an emanation

  • The machine gave forth a loud beeping sound to signal its malfunction.
  • The fire gave forth a warm glow that illuminated the room.

Give in

Collapse or fall

  • The old bridge finally gave in under the weight of the heavy truck.
  • After hours of resistance, her tired legs gave in and she sat down.

Give in

Relent, yield, surrender or admit defeat

  • He refused to give in to the demands of the opposing team.
  • She finally gave in and agreed to compromise.

Give in to

Allow a feeling or desire to control you

  • He couldn't resist and gave in to the temptation to eat another slice of cake.
  • She gave in to her fear and decided not to take the risk.

Give in to

Criticise harshly or punish someone for something.

  • The teacher gave in to the student for constantly disrupting the class.
  • He was given in to by his parents for breaking the rules.

Give it up for/to


  • Ladies and gentlemen, let's give it up for our talented performers!
  • The audience gave it up to the singer with a round of applause.

Give of oneself

Devote oneself unselfishly to a task, especially to give time and energy

  • She gave of herself to help those in need during the crisis.
  • He gave of himself tirelessly to support the charitable cause.

Give off

Emit; to produce and send forth

  • The flowers gave off a sweet fragrance that filled the air.
  • The factory gave off a strong odor due to the chemical process.
That concludes our lesson on phrasal verbs. Remember, phrasal verbs can have various meanings and usage, so it's essential to understand them in context. Practice using them in sentences to become more comfortable with their usage. Keep up the good work! Course Home
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