- (transitive, now rare) To give up, hand over, surrender (something).
- 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 2, member 4:
- Diocletian, the emperor, was so much affected with it that he gave over his sceptre and turned gardener.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess:
- As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over [the fight] to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.
- (transitive) To entrust (something) to another.
- She gave the deeds over to the solicitor.
- (transitive) To devote or resign to a particular purpose or activity; to yield completely.
- The factory has been entirely given over to aircraft manufacture.
- He gave himself over to a monastic life.
- (transitive) To quit, to abandon.
- (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, intransitive) To give up; abandon; desert; stop.
- Give over with your nonsense, will you!
- 1681, George Fox, A journal or historical account of the life, travels, sufferings, […], published 1831, page 247:
- While he was declaring the truth, a constable came in with his great staff, and bid him give over, and come down: but William Penn held on, declaring truth in the power of God.
- 1890, Mary Taylor, Janet Murray, Miss Miles: Or a Tale of Yorkshire Life 60 Years Ago, page 212:
- Amelia, I wish you would give over with your reading and your information, it's not for ladies to be literary; people don't like it, you silly thing!
- 1962, Brendan Behan, Brendan Behan's island: an Irish sketch-book, page 151:
- My mother told him to give over and let me alone, and said she was sure it would be a lovely suit, and that Aunt Jack would never buy poor material, but stuff that would last forever.
- 2005, Anatoly T. Fomenko, History: Fiction Or Science?, page 245:
- According to Homer, the rest of the Trojan army drew away from Troy pretending to retreat and give over with the siege in order to confuse the Trojans.
- 2009, Eugene McEldowney, The Faloorie Man, page 143:
- "Get yourself seen to, Isaac. For God's sake. Before it's too late," Sarah would chastise him. / "Och, Sarah, would you give over with your bargeing. It's just a wee cough. It'll get better itself."