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[giv-uh n-teyk] /ˈgɪv ənˈteɪk/
the practice of dealing by compromise or mutual concession; cooperation.
good-natured exchange of talk, ideas, etc.
Origin of give-and-take
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • By a process of mutual give-and-take some prediction is made by each side as to what the court is likely to do after full hearing.
  • Ever growing economic, transportation, and communication networks make this global give-and-take possible.
  • It's a winter photograph, and snow becomes the next topic-a good give-and-take conversation.
  • The habit led sometimes to perilous personalities in the sudden give-and-take of table-talk.
  • If the book has a fault, it's in the lack of give-and-take between the writer and his audience.
  • give-and-take between architect and client is a critical part of the design process, and it doesn't happen here.
  • To hear a concert where the event is nothing more than the sheer give-and-take of music-making, you almost have to leave town.
  • Most of this strikes me as the normal give-and-take of political discourse.
  • Instead, mobility is a result of give-and-take between the user's self-propulsion and the walker's automated reactions.
  • At first it was the give-and-take of policy debate that attracted him.
British Dictionary definitions for give-and-take


mutual concessions, shared benefits, and cooperation
a smoothly flowing exchange of ideas and talk
verb (intransitive)
to make mutual concessions
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