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!


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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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    – chocolate
    Commented Jun 17, 2018 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. Commented Jun 17, 2018 at 6:43

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