Give to understand

Lead one to think, as in I was given to understand that the President was coming here. [ Mid-1500s ]


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  • Give vent to

    Express an emotion, as in He didn’t dare give vent to his annoyance in front of her parents. [ Late 1500s ]

  • Give-up

    [giv-uhp] /ˈgɪvˌʌp/ noun 1. something conceded or relinquished; concession: Labor has balked at any more give-ups in the contract talks. 2. Stock Exchange.

  • Give voice to

    Say or express, especially an opinion or feeling. For example, The faculty gave voice to their anger over the dean’s tenure decisions. This term once meant “to vote.” Its present sense dates from the mid-1800s.

  • Give what for

    see: what for

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