give out

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Cognate with German ausgeben (spend, pay, output).


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

  1. (transitive) To utter, publish; to announce, proclaim, report.
    • 1610–1611 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene i]:
      The best news is that we have safely found
      Our king and company: the next, our ship,—
      Which but three glasses since we gave out split,—
      Is tight and yare, and bravely rigg'd as when
      We first put out to sea.
    • 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, chapter X, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, →OCLC:
      So soon as I hear that such or such a man gives himself out for a philosopher, I conclude that, like the dyspeptic old woman, he must have “broken his digester.”
    • 2010, Don Preece, Revelation Of The Antichrist: Who He Is And What He Does:
      Simon is found in the book of Acts. The bible tells us that he gave out that he was some great one, that he was the great power of God. This is a characteristic of both the circumcision and the spirit of Antichrist.
    1. (transitive) To announce (a hymn) to be sung; to read out (the words) for the congregation to sing.
  2. (transitive) To send forth, emit; to cause to be sent forth.
    1. To put forth, utter (prayers).
  3. (transitive) To issue; to distribute.
    Can you help me to give out the new books to the class, please?
  4. (intransitive) To cease functioning in some way.
    1. (intransitive, of persons) To desist.
    2. To desist through exhaustion of strength or patience.
    3. (of an implement, a limb, a machine, etc.) To break down, get out of order, fail.
      So your old car finally gave out, did it?
    4. (of a supply) To run short, come to an end.
  5. (intransitive, Ireland, UK, idiomatic) To complain, sulk, chastise.
    You shouldn't give out to your brother like that.
    He was always giving out about the weather.

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