give over

gave over; given over; giving over; gives over

Definition of give over

transitive verb

1 : cease
3a : to yield without restraint or control : abandon gave themselves over to laughter
b : to set apart for a particular purpose or use
4 archaic : to pronounce incurable

intransitive verb

British : to cease an activity : stop told him to give over and let me alone— Brendan Behan

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Examples of give over in a Sentence

his wife suggested that he give over working such long hours if it was making him so unhappy gave over his entire savings to an investor
Recent Examples on the Web The fund has since given over a mind-boggling $818 million to charities (disclosure, my organization is among them). Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Candi CdeBaca should give Daniels Fund back its money," 22 Nov. 2019 Black’s lawyers had asked the judge for a three-year sentence, while prosecutors were asking that the rapper be given over eight years in prison, given the recent violent altercation. Mario Ariza,, "Kodak Black sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in federal prison," 13 Nov. 2019 Not only are these hats a trendy gift for the chilly fashionista in your life, but the company gives a generous 50 percent of profits to nonprofit partners fighting pediatric cancer, and has given over $4.7 million to date. NBC News, "Giving Tuesday 2019: 23 unique gifts that give back to those in need," 27 Nov. 2018 But the vaccine requires three shots given over a period of 1 year, which is too long to have an immediate impact, Anthony Dans says. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Critics ‘alarmed by lack of interest’ in studying children put at risk by dengue vaccine," 4 Sep. 2019 Now parts of these roads will be given over to those walking and biking, and to trees and benches. Sam Rigby, Quartz, "The Scottish city trying to make urban living less miserable," 2 Nov. 2019 Inside the entrance to the condo, one of two in the building, there is a long ceramic tile hallway that runs from front to back, ending at a door to a yard fully given over to a driveway. Real Estate, "Home of the Week: For less than $500,000, a condo with a roof deck in Roslindale," 17 Oct. 2019 With more than 15,000 platters — including more than 30 large wood crates given over to jazz LPs — the record store is walking distance from Musso & Frank’s. Christopher Smith, Los Angeles Times, "The 15 most iconic Harry Bosch haunts across L.A.," 16 Oct. 2019 Mosaic whirlpool hops give Over the Moon some ripe fruit sweetness, but Stephenson promises the beer is not cloyingly sweet. John Kell, Fortune, "The U.S. Guinness Brewery Just Unveiled Its First National Beer," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of give over

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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10 Dec 2019

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“Give over.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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