[before 900; Middle English given (with g- < Scandinavian; compare early Dan give ), yiven, yeven, Old English gefan, giefan, c. Old Saxon, Old High German geban, Gothic giban ]
syn: give. confer. grant. present mean that something concrete or abstract is bestowed on one person by another. give is the general word: to give someone a book. confer usu. means to give as an honor or as a favor; it implies courteous and gracious giving: to confer a medal. grant is usu. limited to the idea of acceding to a request or fulfilling an expressed wish; it often involves a formal act or legal procedure: to grant a prayer; to grant immunity. present. a more formal word than give. usu. implies a certain ceremony in the giving: to present an
1. form and word order
Give is a very common verb that has several meanings. Its past tense is gave. Its -ed participle is given .
Give usually takes an indirect object. For some meanings of give. the indirect object must go in front of the direct object. For other meanings, it can go either in front of the direct object or after it.
2. physical actions
Give is often used to describe physical actions. When you use give like this, put the indirect object in front of the direct object. For example, say 'He gave the ball a kick '. Don't say ' He gave a kick to the ball '.
He gave the door a push .
Ana gave Bal's hand a squeeze .