give out

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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. to give (it) out: to profess, give it to be believed that. also, to give (a person) out to be (so and so)
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 5 scene 1
      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.
    1. (transtive) 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. (intranstive) 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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