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I/you/we/theygive out
he/she/itgives out
present participlegiving out
past tensegave out
past participlegiven out
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to give something to several people
    The office gives out financial advice to students.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] if something such as a machine or a part of your body gives out, it stops working
    His heart finally gave out under the strain.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a supply of something has given out, all of it has been used
    Their water gave out two days ago.
  4. 4
    [transitive]give out something to produce something such as a sound or light
    The quietest devices give out only a low, almost inaudible hum.
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