Give and Take


Show Definitions
Give verb – To put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another.
Usage example: gave my camera to my father to hold while I went swimming

Take is an antonym for give in topics: present, yield, contribute, communicate, get.
Nearby Words: giving, given, giver
Antonyms for Give


Show Definitions
Take verb – To reach for and take hold of by embracing with the fingers or arms.
Usage example: take my hand, or we'll get separated in this crowd

Give is an antonym for take in topics: require, consume, contract, carry, accept.
Nearby Words: taking, taken, taker
Antonyms for Take
Similar words of give
Share this image

Similar words of take
Share this image

How words are described

good good give good take
long long give long take
similar similar give similar take
complex complex give complex take
Other adjectives: perfect, true, obvious, big, huge, little, bad, dark, excellent, famous, major.

Common collocations

power give power take power
life give life take life
job give job take job
credit give credit take credit
Other nouns: name, look, break, control, chance, hand, advantage, opportunity, time, way, money, shot, warning, option, names, orders.

Both words in one sentence

  • Although likewise, events that may have occured over a much longer period also take place during the same three nights, give or take.
  • Orochi The Yamata no Orochi is an eight-headed, eight-tailed serpentine monster in Japanese Mythology, similar in appearance to the Lernaean Hydra, give or take a head or two.
    Source: Orochi
  • They told me marriage was a give and take Well you've shown me you can take, you've got some giving to do'
Cite this Source
Take and Give. (2016). Retrieved 2022, May 23, from
Give & Take. N.p., 2016. Web. 23 May. 2022. <>.
Take or Give. 2016. Accessed May 23, 2022.

Antonyms for give
Share this picture

Antonyms for take
Share this picture

Google Ngram Viewer shows how "give" and "take" have occurred on timeline: