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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theygive away
he/she/itgives away
present participlegiving away
past tensegave away
past participlegiven away
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  1. 1
    to tell information or facts that you should keep secret

    If captured, they might give away vital military secrets.

    1. a.
      to show an emotion or quality that you are trying to hide

      Her face gave nothing away.

  2. 2
    to provide someone with something that you no longer want or need

    Any plants that were left I gave away to neighbors.

    1. a.
      if a company gives something away, they let you have it without paying for it

      Ten thousand copies of the software package are being given away.

  3. 3
    in sports, to allow an opponent to win because you make a silly mistake

    They gave away two runs in the first half.

  4. 4
    if a man gives a woman away on her wedding day, he leads her toward the man she is going to marry
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