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up- +‎ give. Cognate with German aufgeben (to abandon, give up, quit).


upgive (third-person singular simple present upgives, present participle upgiving, simple past upgave, past participle upgiven)

  1. (transitive, obsolete, poetic, Scottish law) To give up or yield up.
    • 1811, Robert Bell, A System of the Forms of Deeds Used in Scotland[1], page 116:
      [] we hereby resign, surrender, upgive, overgive and deliver, ALL and WHOLE — (here the lands were described) — together with all right, title and interest whatever []
    • 1849, Robert Wharton Landis, Liberty's Triumph: A Poem[2], page 255:
      Then, too, are Jersey's sons all resolute, / Repairing to the camp in numbers great, / Their sufferings to avenge upon the foe, / Which all must cease should Jersey be upgiven.
    • 1906, Charles Montagu Doughty, The Dawn in Britain[3], page 4:
      There fell a sudden rain then, from the gods: / Which glisters, in the sun, like golden hairs; / And earth upgave sweet savour of her sod, / Mingled with iron stink of sweat and blood.