20+ Expressions with the Verb ‘Give’

When you learn a language, you should try to memorize collocations, phrasal verbs, idioms and other important phrases and expressions, because they make the essence of a language.

In that sense, here are 20+ natural expressions using the verb “give”:


Give sb a chance

Allow someone to do or be something.
Ex: The manager decided to give him a chance and promote him.


Give the impression

An opinion you have about someone.
Ex: Sheila gives the impression that she cares about her work.


Give your opinion

To tell how you feel or think about something.
Ex: He asked me and I gave my opinion about the patient’s condition.


Give a party

To throw a party.
Ex: Why don’t you visit us on Saturday, we’re giving a party.


Give a lesson / presentation / speech

To present a lesson/presentation/speech.
Ex: I’m giving a presentation on Monday. I couldn’t be more nervous.


Give something a polish

To improve something so it looks complete.
Ex: You should take private lessons to give polish to your English.


Give advice

An opinion given about acting in a particular situation.
Ex: Her doctor’s given her advice to lose weight.


Give attention

To pay attention.
Ex: She didn’t give much attention to the noise.


Give somebody a lift

To take someone in your car.
Ex: Filip will give me a lift to work tomorrow.


Give somebody a hand

To help somebody.
Ex: I can’t do this. Would you give me a hand?


Give somebody a call/ring

To telephone someone.
Ex: I’ll give you a call later.


Give information

To provide information.
Ex: The airline company was unable to give us any information about the flight.


Give love/best wishes/hugs/kisses

To greet someone informally.
Ex: Sandra gives her best wishes to you and your family.


Give somebody a smile

To smile at someone.
Ex: The baby gave me a smile.


Give priority to somebody or something

To treat someone/something as more important than others.
Ex: The government is giving priority to the flood victims.


Give welcome to somebody

To greet someone at their arrival.
Ex: They gave us a warm welcome at our arrival.


Give somebody a headache

To give somebody a problem.
Ex: The news about the Coronavirus gave me a headache.

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