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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Tips on Tuesday: One Little Word Update

This week, I took time to look up my word in the dictionary. There are 40 references for 'give' as an action/verb. Some days, I think I bit off more than I can chew with this word, but reading all the definitions, I know I found the one God has for me this year.

I also discovered that this originates from a site called My One Word. If you've never done this, I encourage you to check out their site and my past posts. It's a life-changing way to select a quality to emphasize, instead of resolutions. I find it much easier to do and that some of my resolutions get done within the context of applying the word to my life.

verb, gave, giv·en, giv·ing, noun

–verb (used with object)
1. to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow.
2. to hand to someone.
3. to place in someone's care.
4. to grant (permission, opportunity, etc.) to someone.
5. to impart or communicate.
6. to set forth or show; present; offer.
7. to pay or transfer possession to another in exchange for something.
8. to furnish, provide, or proffer: to give evidence.
9. to provide as an entertainment or social function.
10. to deal or administer.
11. to put forth, emit, or utter; issue.
12. to assign or admit as a basis of calculation or reasoning (usually used passively).
13. to produce, yield, or afford.
14. to make, do, or perform.
15. to perform or present publicly.
16. to cause; be responsible for (usually fol. by an infinitive).
17. to care about something to the value or extent of (something fanciful).
18. to relinquish or sacrifice.
19. to convey or transmit.
20. to assign or allot.
21. to bestow (the object of one's choice) upon, as if by providence.
22. to be connected with, as by a telephone operator.
23. to present to an audience, as an entertainer, speaker, or act.
24. to attribute or ascribe.
25. to cause or occasion.
26. to apply fully or freely.
27. to award by verdict or after consideration.
28. to inflict as a punishment on another; punish by; impose a sentence of.
29. to pledge, offer as a pledge, or execute and deliver.
30. to propose as the subject of a toast (fol. by an indirect object).
31. to bear to a man; deliver (fol. by an indirect object).
32. to sire upon a woman; father (fol. by an indirect object).
33. to concede or grant, as a point in an argument.

–verb (used without object)
34. to make a gift or gifts; contribute.
35. to yield somewhat, as to influence or force; compromise.
36. to yield somewhat when subjected to weight, force, pressure, etc.
37. to collapse; break down; fall apart; fail.
38. to be warm and open in relationships with other persons.
39. Informal . to divulge information.
40. to afford a view or passage; face, open, or lead (usually fol. by on, onto, etc.)

41. the quality or state of being resilient; springiness.

—Verb phrases
42. give away.
43. give back, to return (something), as to its owner; restore.
44. give birth to. birth ( def. 10 ).
45. give in.
46. give of, to devote or contribute generously of: to give of oneself; to give of one's abundance.
47. give off, to put forth; emit: The gardenia gives off a very strong fragrance.
48. give out.
49. give over.
50. give up.

1. offer, vouchsafe, impart, accord, furnish, provide, supply, donate, contribute. Give, confer, grant, present may mean that something concrete or abstract is bestowed on one person by another. Give is the general word: to give someone a book, permission, etc. Confer usually means to give an honor or a favor; it implies courteous and gracious giving: to confer a degree. Grant is limited to the idea of acceding to a request; it may apply to the bestowal of privileges, or the fulfillment of an expressed wish: to grant a charter, a prayer, permission, etc. Present, a more formal word than give, usually implies a certain ceremony in the giving: to present a citation to a regiment. 18. cede, yield.

1. receive.

Since I believe what goes around comes around, I see how the full circle is that giving brings receiving. Sounds counter-intuitive, but it's true. I don't give to get, and yet I still receive.

What is your word for 2011?

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