Definition of give and take in English:

give and take


  • 1Mutual concessions and compromises:

    ‘there has to be give and take on both sides’
    • ‘I was merely illustrating the give and take, the reciprocation.’
    • ‘And don't you hope, John, that the spirit of give and take, the spirit of cooperation, will prevail in the coming days?’
    • ‘The relationship between IT and the rest of the business needs to be like a marriage with a good deal of mutual give and take.’
    • ‘Many of these ancient practices were not just for the sake of it, but were meant to be subtle reminders of the need for mutual give and take, besides sacrifices and adjustments, to ensure wedded bliss.’
    • ‘A long marriage is down to give and take and making sure you have a good family around you.’
    • ‘To me, that speaks of ideally how all relationships should be: groundedness and a sense of mutuality, of give and take.’
    • ‘For its ease of interplay and generous spirit of give and take, the rapport between them is remarkable.’
    • ‘Asked what makes a strong marriage, Gwen said: ‘It's just give and take.’’
    • ‘But at the same time, he also added: ‘Reconciliation involves a bit of give and take on both sides.’’
    • ‘The success of our marriage is based on give and take and we talk things through.’
    compromise, concession
    cooperation, reciprocity, teamwork, interplay
    adaptability, flexibility
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    1. 1.1[as verb] Make concessions and compromises:
      ‘children learn how to give and take from such experiences’


give and take

/ˌɡɪv ən ˈteɪk/