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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygive away
he/she/itgives away
present participlegiving away
past tensegave away
past participlegiven away

Related words

  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 neighbours.
    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.
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