give someone to understand

give someone to understand
inform someone in a rather indirect way.
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English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • give someone to understand — (or believe or know) inform someone in a formal and rather indirect way I was given to understand that I had been invited …   Useful english dictionary

  • give someone to understand (that) — formal phrase to tell someone something, or to make them think that something is true She’s been asking to see you, or so I’ve been given to understand. Thesaurus: to tell someone something, or to give informationsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • give someone the cold shoulder — give (someone) the cold shoulder to behave towards someone in a way that is not at all friendly, sometimes for reasons that this person does not understand. What have I done to him? He gave me the cold shoulder the whole evening at the party …   New idioms dictionary

  • understand — un|der|stand [ ,ʌndər stænd ] (past tense and past participle un|der|stood [ ,ʌndər stud ] ) verb never progressive *** ▸ 1 know what someone/something means ▸ 2 know reasons/effects ▸ 3 know how someone feels ▸ 4 have heard/read something ▸ 5 in …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • understand */*/*/ — UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈstænd] / US [ˌʌndərˈstænd] verb [never progressive] Word forms understand : present tense I/you/we/they understand he/she/it understands present participle understanding past tense understood UK [ˌʌndə(r)ˈstʊd] / US [ˌʌndərˈstʊd]… …   English dictionary

  • give — verb (past gave; past participle given) (usu. give something to or give someone something) 1》 freely transfer the possession of; cause to receive or have.     ↘communicate or impart (a message).     ↘commit, consign, or entrust.     ↘cause to… …   English new terms dictionary

  • give — [giv] vt. gave, given, giving [ME given (with g < ON gefa, to give), yeven < OE giefan, akin to Ger geben < IE base * ghabh , to grasp, take > L habere, to have: the special Gmc sense of this base results from its use as a substitute… …   English World dictionary

  • give the cold shoulder — give (someone) the cold shoulder to behave towards someone in a way that is not at all friendly, sometimes for reasons that this person does not understand. What have I done to him? He gave me the cold shoulder the whole evening at the party …   New idioms dictionary

  • give — give1 W1S1 [gıv] v past tense gave [geıv] past participle given [ˈgıvən] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(present or money)¦ 2¦(put something in somebody s hand)¦ 3¦(let somebody do something)¦ 4¦(tell somebody something)¦ 5¦(make a movement/do an action)¦… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • give — give1 [ gıv ] (past tense gave [ geıv ] ; past participle giv|en [ gıvn ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 provide someone with something ▸ 2 make someone owner of something ▸ 3 put medicine in someone ▸ 4 cause effect/experience ▸ 5 communicate ▸ 6 perform action …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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