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English verb: give away

1. give away (possession) make a gift of


SamplesShe gave away her antique furniture.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)gift, give, present

2. give away (communication) make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret


SamplesThe auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold.
The actress won't reveal how old she is.
Bring out the truth.
He broke the news to her.
Unwrap the evidence in the murder case.


ExamplesThey give away that there was a traffic accident


Synonymsbreak, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)tell


Narrower (hyponym)babble, babble out, betray, bewray, blab, blab out, blackwash, blow, come out, come out of the closet, confide, leak, let the cat out of the bag, muckrake, out, out, peach, reveal, sing, spill the beans, spring, talk, tattle


Causebreak, get around, get out


Verb groupbreak, get around, get out

3. give away (possession) formally hand over to the bridegroom in marriage; of a bride by her father


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)deliver, fork out, fork over, fork up, hand over, render, turn in

4. give away (communication) give away information about somebody


SamplesHe told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam.


Synonymsbetray, denounce, grass, rat, shit, shop, snitch, stag, tell on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)inform


Narrower (hyponym)sell out









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