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he/she/itgives out
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to give something to several people
    1. a.
      British used about news and other information that is broadcast

      Details of the accident were given out on the nine o’clock news.

  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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