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give up

verb

Definition of give up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to yield control or possession of :  surrender <forced to give up his job>

  3. 2 :  to desist from :  abandon <refused to give up her efforts>

  4. 3 :  to declare incurable or insoluble

  5. 4 a :  to abandon (oneself) to a particular feeling, influence, or activity <gave himself up to despair> b :  to devote to a particular purpose or use

  6. 5 :  to despair of seeing <we'd given you up>

  7. 6 :  to allow (a hit or run in baseball) while pitching

  8. intransitive verb
  9. :  to cease doing or attempting something especially as an admission of defeat :  quit —often used with on <don't give up on the project>

give up the ghost
  1. :  to cease to live or function :  die



Examples of give up

  1. <was in so much debt he had to give up his house and move into a cheaper apartment>

  2. <I hope you won't give up playing the piano.>



13th Century

First Known Use of give up

13th century



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