give over


Definition of GIVE OVER

transitive verb
:  cease
:  entrust
a :  to yield without restraint or control :  abandon <gave themselves over to laughter>
b :  to set apart for a particular purpose or use
archaic :  to pronounce incurable
intransitive verb
British :  to cease an activity :  stop <told him to give over and let me alone — Brendan Behan>

Examples of GIVE OVER

  1. <his wife suggested that he give over working such long hours if it was making him so unhappy>
  2. <gave over his entire savings to an investor>

First Known Use of GIVE OVER

14th century


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