I would like to know which is the main meaning of the verb 与える ? According to the dictionary it means several things: "give", "feed", "bestow", "set homework", "harm". Are all these actions frequently expressed with 与える? Please feel free to give example sentences.

Thank you so much in advance for your answers!


My impression is that the main meaning is "to give", in the sense of eg: "to give a shock" or "to give an opportunity", and so on.

Examples for "to give an opportunity": 機会を与える

Examples for "to give a shock": ショックを与える

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    でも「ハトに餌を与えないでください」とかよく看板ありますよね・・ – Chocolate Jun 17 '18 at 3:18
  • There are certainly other usages, as mentioned by the OP. I'm just giving my impression of what is the most basic usage. – Nicolas Louis Guillemot Jun 17 '18 at 6:43

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