The goodwill suggestion that he give back some of his bonus is rejected for the same reason: it might be mistaken for culpability.
She had a very sensitive social conscience that went beyond a sense that they were a rich family and had to give back something.
It means millions of people are making time to give back to the world.
J Crew did not give back the money it incidentally made off of Mrs. Obama.
The President should give back the powers he usurped from Parliament, letting the MPs form the Cabinet.
They know that the ships wait for them, and so will give back.
How could I give back the treasure with four ingots missing?
If he give way to wrath, give back the soft answer that turns it away.
He refused at once to give back the brooch, and insisted on my wearing it.
He was liberal and courteous in his gifts, and well knew how to take when it was proper, and to give back where he had confidence.
Old English giefan (W. Saxon) "to give, bestow; allot, grant; commit, devote, entrust," class V strong verb (past tense geaf, past participle giefen), from Proto-Germanic *gebanan (cf. Old Frisian jeva, Middle Dutch gheven, Dutch geven, Old High German geban, German geben, Gothic giban), from PIE *ghabh- "to take, hold, have, give" (see habit). It became yiven in Middle English, but changed to guttural "g" by influence of Old Norse gefa "to give," Old Danish givæ. Meaning "to yield to pressure" is from 1570s.
Give in "yield" is from 1610s; give out is mid-14c., "publish, announce;" meaning "run out, break down" is from 1520s. Give up "surrender" is mid-12c. To give (someone) a cold seems to reflect the old belief that one could be cured of disease by deliberately infecting others. What gives? "what is happening?" is attested from 1940. Give-and-take (n.) is originally from horse racing (1769) and refers to races in which bigger horses were given more weight to carry, lighter ones less. General sense attested by 1778.
A command to speak, to explain, etc: She said, ''Give!,'' so I told all (1956+)
Something previously granted, esp in a labor contract, that must now be forfeited: The new contract has no raises and several givebacks, especially in health-care benefits (1990s+)