give up

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give up (third-person singular simple present gives up, present participle giving up, simple past gave up, past participle given up)

  1. (transitive) to surrender
    He was surrounded, so gave himself up.
    They gave him up to the police.
  2. (transitive) to stop or desist; to quit
    They gave up the search when it got dark.
  3. (transitive) to relinquish
    He gave up his seat to an old man.
    • 1816: Jane Austen, Emma, Volume 1 Chapter 7
      "You could not have visited me!" she cried, looking aghast. "No, to be sure you could not; but I never thought of that before. That would have been too dreadful!--What an escape!--Dear Miss Woodhouse, I would not give up the pleasure and honour of being intimate with you for any thing in the world."
  4. (transitive) to lose hope
    They gave him up for dead.
  5. (transitive) to abandon
    I gave up my faith years ago.
  6. (intransitive) to admit defeat, to capitulate
    OK, I give up, you win.

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Last modified on 10 January 2014, at 18:54