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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 meanings

  1. 1
    to tell information or facts that you should keep secret

    If captured, they might give away vital military secrets.

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

    Any plants that were left I gave away to neighbours.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of give away
    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.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of give away
  3. 3
    in sports, to allow an opponent to win because you make a silly mistake

    They gave away two goals in the first half.

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