The next word in our vocabulary boost series is GIVE. GIVE is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of hand in, distribute, offer or help. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using GIVE.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary, and (HERE) for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Give something a go – try

Give someone a lesson – teach

Give someone some credit

Give someone problems

Give someone a call

Gove someone/something the go ahead – give permission

Give someone/something the green light – give permission

Give someone a chance – an opportunity

Give someone some advice

Give someone the benefit of the doubt – believe other people

Give permission to

Give time to

Give birth

Give someone a lift

Give someone a kiss

Give someone a hug/cuddle

Give permission

Give notice

Give someone freedom

Give someone guidelines – put limits

Give someone some tips – give advice

Give someone a telling-off – shout at

Give someone the right to


Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Give up – stop

My dad has given up smoking

Give it up for someone – praise someone

He played tremendously so the crowd gave it up to him

Give in – stop

You need to put in a lot of effort, persevere and never give in

Give in – hand in

You ought to give in the assignment by January 31st

Give out – distribute

The teacher gave out the test sheets

Give over to – dedicate/hand over possession of something to someone

The boss gave over a 20% share of his business to his manager

Give away – give a present to someone

I have given away my bike because I no longer needed it

Give something away – reveal a secret

I am terrible at keeping secrets; I always give things away too easily

Give back – return something to its owner

When you have finished with my pen, can you give it back?

Give off – emit

The car is giving off an awful smell




To learn how to use GIVE you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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