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 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 Presidential candidate Kamala Harris recently released a new plan that protects to shield over 6 million people from deportation and give over 2 million Dreamers a path to citizenship. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Kamala Harris Vows To Create A Roadmap To Citizenship," 12 June 2019 City Council meetings were given over to grappling with how Portland would pay for all of this — and the possibility that still more migrants might be coming. New York Times, "Maine Needed New, Young Residents. African Migrants Began Arriving by the Dozens.," 23 June 2019 Its apostles see the catastrophic impact of climate change as a historic opportunity to revert to the comforting, delusive tribal vision of racial purity in a world given over to chaos and all but permanent geopolitical turmoil. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019 After wearing everything in their closet at least once, Carper was ready to give over control and let other people dress them. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Camilla Carper Is the Designer Letting People Dress Them, All in the Name of Art," 22 Aug. 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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of give over was in the 14th century

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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