give about

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(to surround): give +‎ about, a calque of Latin circumdare (to surround)[1], which is formed from circum- (around, about) +‎ dare (give).

Verb[edit]

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

  1. to distribute or circulate something
  2. to spread a rumour
  3. (obsolete) to encompass or surround something

References[edit]

  1. ^ Entry ‘give, v.’. The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., version 4.0.