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 for To give ground
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Give \Give\ (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. Gave (g[=a]v); p. p. Given
     (g[i^]v"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Giving.] [OE. given, yiven,
     yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an,
     OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth.
     giban. Cf. Gift, n.]
     1. To bestow without receiving a return; to confer without
        compensation; to impart, as a possession; to grant, as
        authority or permission; to yield up or allow.
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              For generous lords had rather give than pay.
                                                    --Young.
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     2. To yield possesion of; to deliver over, as property, in
        exchange for something; to pay; as, we give the value of
        what we buy.
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              What shall a man give in exchange for his soul ?
                                                    --Matt. xvi.
                                                    26.
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     3. To yield; to furnish; to produce; to emit; as, flint and
        steel give sparks.
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     4. To communicate or announce, as advice, tidings, etc.; to
        pronounce; to render or utter, as an opinion, a judgment,
        a sentence, a shout, etc.
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     5. To grant power or license to; to permit; to allow; to
        license; to commission.
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              It is given me once again to behold my friend.
                                                    --Rowe.
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              Then give thy friend to shed the sacred wine.
                                                    --Pope.
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     6. To exhibit as a product or result; to produce; to show;
        as, the number of men, divided by the number of ships,
        gives four hundred to each ship.
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     7. To devote; to apply; used reflexively, to devote or apply
        one's self; as, the soldiers give themselves to plunder;
        also in this sense used very frequently in the past
        participle; as, the people are given to luxury and
        pleasure; the youth is given to study.
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     8. (Logic & Math.) To set forth as a known quantity or a
        known relation, or as a premise from which to reason; --
        used principally in the passive form given.
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     9. To allow or admit by way of supposition.
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              I give not heaven for lost.           --Mlton.
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     10. To attribute; to assign; to adjudge.
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               I don't wonder at people's giving him to me as a
               lover.                               --Sheridan.
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     11. To excite or cause to exist, as a sensation; as, to give
         offense; to give pleasure or pain.
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     12. To pledge; as, to give one's word.
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     13. To cause; to make; -- with the infinitive; as, to give
         one to understand, to know, etc.
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               But there the duke was given to understand
               That in a gondola were seen together
               Lorenzo and his amorous Jessica.     --Shak.
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     14. To afford a view of; as, his window gave the park.
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     To give away, to make over to another; to transfer.
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              Whatsoever we employ in charitable uses during our
              lives, is given away from ourselves.  --Atterbury.
  
     To give back, to return; to restore. --Atterbury.
  
     To give the bag, to cheat. [Obs.]
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              I fear our ears have given us the bag. --J. Webster.
  
     To give birth to.
         (a) To bear or bring forth, as a child.
         (b) To originate; to give existence to, as an enterprise,
             idea.
  
     To give chase, to pursue.
  
     To give ear to. See under Ear.
  
     To give forth, to give out; to publish; to tell. --Hayward.
  
     To give ground. See under Ground, n.
  
     To give the hand, to pledge friendship or faith.
  
     To give the hand of, to espouse; to bestow in marriage.
  
     To give the head. See under Head, n.
  
     To give in.
         (a) To abate; to deduct.
         (b) To declare; to make known; to announce; to tender;
             as, to give in one's adhesion to a party.
  
     To give the lie to (a person), to tell (him) that he lies.
        
  
     To give line. See under Line.
  
     To give off, to emit, as steam, vapor, odor, etc.
  
     To give one's self away, to make an inconsiderate surrender
        of one's cause, an unintentional disclosure of one's
        purposes, or the like. [Colloq.]
  
     To give out.
         (a) To utter publicly; to report; to announce or declare.
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                   One that gives out himself Prince Florizel.
                                                    --Shak.
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                   Give out you are of Epidamnum.   --Shak.
         (b) To send out; to emit; to distribute; as, a substance
             gives out steam or odors.
  
     To give over.
         (a) To yield completely; to quit; to abandon.
         (b) To despair of.
         (c) To addict, resign, or apply (one's self).
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                   The Babylonians had given themselves over to
                   all manner of vice.              --Grew.
  
     To give place, to withdraw; to yield one's claim.
  
     To give points.
         (a) In games of skill, to equalize chances by conceding a
             certain advantage; to allow a handicap.
         (b) To give useful suggestions. [Colloq.]
  
     To give rein. See under Rein, n.
  
     To give the sack. Same as To give the bag.
  
     To give and take.
         (a) To average gains and losses.
         (b) To exchange freely, as blows, sarcasms, etc.
  
     To give time
         (Law), to accord extension or forbearance to a debtor.
               --Abbott.
  
     To give the time of day, to salute one with the compliment
        appropriate to the hour, as "good morning." "good
        evening", etc.
  
     To give tongue, in hunter's phrase, to bark; -- said of
        dogs.
  
     To give up.
         (a) To abandon; to surrender. "Don't give up the ship."
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                   He has . . . given up
                   For certain drops of salt, your city Rome.
                                                    --Shak.
         (b) To make public; to reveal.
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                   I'll not state them
                   By giving up their characters.   --Beau. & Fl.
         (c) (Used also reflexively.)
  
     To give up the ghost. See under Ghost.
  
     To give one's self up, to abandon hope; to despair; to
        surrender one's self.
  
     To give way.
         (a) To withdraw; to give place.
         (b) To yield to force or pressure; as, the scaffolding
             gave way.
         (c) (Naut.) To begin to row; or to row with increased
             energy.
         (d) (Stock Exchange). To depreciate or decline in value;
             as, railroad securities gave way two per cent.
  
     To give way together, to row in time; to keep stroke.
  
     Syn: To Give, Confer, Grant.
  
     Usage: To give is the generic word, embracing all the rest.
            To confer was originally used of persons in power, who
            gave permanent grants or privileges; as, to confer the
            order of knighthood; and hence it still denotes the
            giving of something which might have been withheld;
            as, to confer a favor. To grant is to give in answer
            to a petition or request, or to one who is in some way
            dependent or inferior.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  ground \ground\ (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin
     to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom,
     Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust,
     gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.]
     1. The surface of the earth; the outer crust of the globe, or
        some indefinite portion of it.
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              There was not a man to till the ground. --Gen. ii.
                                                    5.
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              The fire ran along upon the ground.   --Ex. ix. 23.
        Hence: A floor or pavement supposed to rest upon the
        earth.
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     2. Any definite portion of the earth's surface; region;
        territory; country. Hence: A territory appropriated to, or
        resorted to, for a particular purpose; the field or place
        of action; as, a hunting or fishing ground; a play ground.
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              From . . . old Euphrates, to the brook that parts
              Egypt from Syrian ground.             --Milton.
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     3. Land; estate; possession; field; esp. (pl.), the gardens,
        lawns, fields, etc., belonging to a homestead; as, the
        grounds of the estate are well kept.
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              Thy next design is on thy neighbor's grounds.
                                                    --Dryden. 4.
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     4. The basis on which anything rests; foundation. Hence: The
        foundation of knowledge, belief, or conviction; a premise,
        reason, or datum; ultimate or first principle; cause of
        existence or occurrence; originating force or agency; as,
        the ground of my hope.
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     5. (Paint. & Decorative Art)
        (a) That surface upon which the figures of a composition
            are set, and which relieves them by its plainness,
            being either of one tint or of tints but slightly
            contrasted with one another; as, crimson Bowers on a
            white ground. See Background, Foreground, and
            Middle-ground.
        (b) In sculpture, a flat surface upon which figures are
            raised in relief.
        (c) In point lace, the net of small meshes upon which the
            embroidered pattern is applied; as, Brussels ground.
            See Brussels lace, under Brussels.
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     6. (Etching) A gummy composition spread over the surface of a
        metal to be etched, to prevent the acid from eating except
        where an opening is made by the needle.
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     7. (Arch.) One of the pieces of wood, flush with the
        plastering, to which moldings, etc., are attached; --
        usually in the plural.
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     Note: Grounds are usually put up first and the plastering
           floated flush with them.
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     8. (Mus.)
        (a) A composition in which the bass, consisting of a few
            bars of independent notes, is continually repeated to
            a varying melody.
        (b) The tune on which descants are raised; the plain song.
            --Moore (Encyc.).
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                  On that ground I'll build a holy descant.
                                                    --Shak.
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     9. (Elec.) A conducting connection with the earth, whereby
        the earth is made part of an electrical circuit.
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     10. pl. Sediment at the bottom of liquors or liquids; dregs;
         lees; feces; as, coffee grounds.
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     11. The pit of a theater. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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     Ground angling, angling with a weighted line without a
        float.
  
     Ground annual (Scots Law), an estate created in land by a
        vassal who instead of selling his land outright reserves
        an annual ground rent, which becomes a perpetual charge
        upon the land.
  
     Ground ash. (Bot.) See Groutweed.
  
     Ground bailiff (Mining), a superintendent of mines.
        --Simmonds.
  
     Ground bait, bits of bread, boiled barley or worms, etc.,
        thrown into the water to collect the fish, --Wallon.
  
     Ground bass or Ground base (Mus.), fundamental base; a
        fundamental base continually repeated to a varied melody.
        
  
     Ground beetle (Zool.), one of numerous species of
        carnivorous beetles of the family Carabid[ae], living
        mostly in burrows or under stones, etc.
  
     Ground chamber, a room on the ground floor.
  
     Ground cherry. (Bot.)
         (a) A genus ({Physalis) of herbaceous plants having an
             inflated calyx for a seed pod: esp., the strawberry
             tomato ({Physalis Alkekengi). See Alkekengl.
         (b) A European shrub ({Prunus Cham[ae]cerasus), with
             small, very acid fruit.
  
     Ground cuckoo. (Zool.) See Chaparral cock.
  
     Ground cypress. (Bot.) See Lavender cotton.
  
     Ground dove (Zool.), one of several small American pigeons
        of the genus Columbigallina, esp. C. passerina of the
        Southern United States, Mexico, etc. They live chiefly on
        the ground.
  
     Ground fish (Zool.), any fish which constantly lives on the
        botton of the sea, as the sole, turbot, halibut.
  
     Ground floor, the floor of a house most nearly on a level
        with the ground; -- called also in America, but not in
        England, the first floor.
  
     Ground form (Gram.), the stem or basis of a word, to which
        the other parts are added in declension or conjugation. It
        is sometimes, but not always, the same as the root.
  
     Ground furze (Bot.), a low slightly thorny, leguminous
        shrub ({Ononis arvensis) of Europe and Central Asia,; --
        called also rest-harrow.
  
     Ground game, hares, rabbits, etc., as distinguished from
        winged game.
  
     Ground hele (Bot.), a perennial herb ({Veronica
        officinalis) with small blue flowers, common in Europe
        and America, formerly thought to have curative properties.
        
  
     Ground of the heavens (Astron.), the surface of any part of
        the celestial sphere upon which the stars may be regarded
        as projected.
  
     Ground+hemlock+(Bot.),+the+yew+({Taxus+baccata">Ground hemlock (Bot.), the yew ({Taxus baccata var.
        Canadensisi) of eastern North America, distinguished from
        that of Europe by its low, straggling stems.
  
     Ground hog. (Zool.)
         (a) The woodchuck or American marmot ({Arctomys monax).
             See Woodchuck.
         (b) The aardvark.
  
     Ground hold (Naut.), ground tackle. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  
     Ground ice, ice formed at the bottom of a body of water
        before it forms on the surface.
  
     Ground ivy. (Bot.) A trailing plant; alehoof. See Gill.
        
  
     Ground joist, a joist for a basement or ground floor; a.
        sleeper.
  
     Ground lark (Zool.), the European pipit. See Pipit.
  
     Ground laurel (Bot.). See Trailing arbutus, under
        Arbutus.
  
     Ground line (Descriptive Geom.), the line of intersection
        of the horizontal and vertical planes of projection.
  
     Ground liverwort (Bot.), a flowerless plant with a broad
        flat forking thallus and the fruit raised on peduncled and
        radiated receptacles ({Marchantia polymorpha).
  
     Ground mail, in Scotland, the fee paid for interment in a
        churchyard.
  
     Ground mass (Geol.), the fine-grained or glassy base of a
        rock, in which distinct crystals of its constituents are
        embedded.
  
     Ground parrakeet (Zool.), one of several Australian
        parrakeets, of the genera Callipsittacus and
        Geopsittacus, which live mainly upon the ground.
  
     Ground pearl (Zool.), an insect of the family Coccid[ae]
        ({Margarodes formicarum), found in ants' nests in the
        Bahamas, and having a shelly covering. They are strung
        like beads, and made into necklaces by the natives.
  
     Ground pig (Zool.), a large, burrowing, African rodent
        ({Aulacodus Swinderianus) about two feet long, allied to
        the porcupines but with harsh, bristly hair, and no
        spines; -- called also ground rat.
  
     Ground pigeon (Zool.), one of numerous species of pigeons
        which live largely upon the ground, as the tooth-billed
        pigeon ({Didunculus strigirostris), of the Samoan
        Islands, and the crowned pigeon, or goura. See Goura,
        and Ground dove (above).
  
     Ground pine. (Bot.)
         (a) A blue-flowered herb of the genus Ajuga ({A.
             Cham[ae]pitys), formerly included in the genus
             Teucrium or germander, and named from its resinous
             smell. --Sir J. Hill.
         (b) A long, creeping, evergreen plant of the genus
             Lycopodium+({L.+clavatum">Lycopodium ({L. clavatum); -- called also club
             moss.
         (c) A tree-shaped evergreen plant about eight inches in
             height, of the same genus ({L. dendroideum) found in
             moist, dark woods in the northern part of the United
             States. --Gray.
  
     Ground plan (Arch.), a plan of the ground floor of any
        building, or of any floor, as distinguished from an
        elevation or perpendicular section.
  
     Ground plane, the horizontal plane of projection in
        perspective drawing.
  
     Ground plate.
         (a) (Arch.) One of the chief pieces of framing of a
             building; a timber laid horizontally on or near the
             ground to support the uprights; a ground sill or
             groundsel.
         (b) (Railroads) A bed plate for sleepers or ties; a
             mudsill.
         (c) (Teleg.) A metallic plate buried in the earth to
             conduct the electric current thereto. Connection to
             the pipes of a gas or water main is usual in cities.
             --Knight.
  
     Ground plot, the ground upon which any structure is
        erected; hence, any basis or foundation; also, a ground
        plan.
  
     Ground plum (Bot.), a leguminous plant ({Astragalus
        caryocarpus) occurring from the Saskatchewan to Texas,
        and having a succulent plum-shaped pod.
  
     Ground rat. (Zool.) See Ground pig (above).
  
     Ground rent, rent paid for the privilege of building on
        another man's land.
  
     Ground robin. (Zool.) See Chewink.
  
     Ground room, a room on the ground floor; a lower room.
        --Tatler.
  
     Ground sea, the West Indian name for a swell of the ocean,
        which occurs in calm weather and without obvious cause,
        breaking on the shore in heavy roaring billows; -- called
        also rollers, and in Jamaica, the North sea.
  
     Ground sill. See Ground plate (a) (above).
  
     Ground snake (Zool.), a small burrowing American snake
        ({Celuta am[oe]na). It is salmon colored, and has a blunt
        tail.
  
     Ground squirrel. (Zool.)
         (a) One of numerous species of burrowing rodents of the
             genera Tamias and Spermophilus, having cheek
             pouches. The former genus includes the Eastern
             striped squirrel or chipmunk and some allied Western
             species; the latter includes the prairie squirrel or
             striped gopher, the gray gopher, and many allied
             Western species. See Chipmunk, and Gopher.
         (b) Any species of the African genus Xerus, allied to
             Tamias.
  
     Ground story. Same as Ground floor (above).
  
     Ground substance (Anat.), the intercellular substance, or
        matrix, of tissues.
  
     Ground swell.
         (a) (Bot.) The plant groundsel. [Obs.] --Holland.
         (b) A broad, deep swell or undulation of the ocean,
             caused by a long continued gale, and felt even at a
             remote distance after the gale has ceased.
  
     Ground table. (Arch.) See Earth table, under Earth.
  
     Ground tackle (Naut.), the tackle necessary to secure a
        vessel at anchor. --Totten.
  
     Ground thrush (Zool.), one of numerous species of
        bright-colored Oriental birds of the family Pittid[ae].
        See Pitta.
  
     Ground tier.
         (a) The lowest tier of water casks in a vessel's hold.
             --Totten.
         (b) The lowest line of articles of any kind stowed in a
             vessel's hold.
         (c) The lowest range of boxes in a theater.
  
     Ground timbers (Shipbuilding) the timbers which lie on the
        keel and are bolted to the keelson; floor timbers.
        --Knight.
  
     Ground tit. (Zool.) See Ground wren (below).
  
     Ground wheel, that wheel of a harvester, mowing machine,
        etc., which, rolling on the ground, drives the mechanism.
        
  
     Ground wren (Zool.), a small California bird ({Cham[ae]a
        fasciata) allied to the wrens and titmice. It inhabits
        the arid plains. Called also ground tit, and wren tit.
        
  
     To bite the ground, To break ground. See under Bite,
        Break.
  
     To come to the ground, To fall to the ground, to come to
        nothing; to fail; to miscarry.
  
     To gain ground.
         (a) To advance; to proceed forward in conflict; as, an
             army in battle gains ground.
         (b) To obtain an advantage; to have some success; as, the
             army gains ground on the enemy.
         (c) To gain credit; to become more prosperous or
             influential.
  
     To get ground, or To gather ground, to gain ground. [R.]
        "Evening mist . . . gathers ground fast." --Milton.
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              There is no way for duty to prevail, and get ground
              of them, but by bidding higher.       --South.
  
     To give ground, to recede; to yield advantage.
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              These nine . . . began to give me ground. --Shak.
  
     To lose ground, to retire; to retreat; to withdraw from the
        position taken; hence, to lose advantage; to lose credit
        or reputation; to decline.
  
     To stand one's ground, to stand firm; to resist attack or
        encroachment. --Atterbury.
  
     To take the ground to touch bottom or become stranded; --
        said of a ship.
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