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give away

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make a gift of (something). 2 (context transitive English) To relinquish control over. 3 (context transitive English) To formally hand over a bride to the bridegroom; often by her father. 4 (context reflexive transitive English) To unintentionally reveal a secret, or expose someone. 5 (context transitive English) To concede an advantage in weight, time, height etc. 6 (context sports English) to concede

give away
  1. v. make a gift of; "She gave away her antique furniture"

  2. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The 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" [syn: disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, impart, break, let out]

  3. formally hand over to the bridegroom in marriage; of a bride by her father

  4. give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam" [syn: denounce, tell on, betray, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag]

Usage examples of "give away".

But he intended to hold that card up his sleeve or three years from now some politician would give away their hard-won gains in a pointless gesture.

But, by the time the fleet reached the Strait of Hormuz, even he was satisfied that the Arabs would not give away the secret.

His argument that above-ground testing was essential to maintain and 'improve' the nuclear arsenals, that ratifying the treaty would 'give away the future safety of our country' has proven specious.

We used to give away the broken meat from our suppers and dinners to scores of beggars who blessed us.

The room was dark, but I could tell by the reflection coming from dad's glasses that he was there and mom shuffling her feet was a dead give away.

Spain once had an empire, and now it belongs to those fool Americans, who have no use for it and wish to give away many of their new lands to the little brown people who live in them.