give (oneself) up to (something)


: to allow (oneself) to be fully affected by, controlled by, or involved in (something)
He gave himself up to despair.
She gave herself up completely to her work.

Examples of give (oneself) up to (something) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2024, the IRS will allow taxpayers to give up to $18,000 to an unlimited number of people and avoid reporting their gift or paying any gift tax. Tanza Loudenback,, 15 Dec. 2023 The incubator, called the Breakthrough Innovation Alliance, will give up to $1 million apiece to 10 different research initiatives over the next three years, allowing scientists and entrepreneurs to run preclinical research to determine whether the ideas hold any promise. Allison Deangelis, STAT, 29 Nov. 2023 The conversations have included very broad outlines of what Ukraine might need to give up to reach a deal, the officials said. Kristen Welker, NBC News, 3 Nov. 2023 But Goga—which Vitelli was forced to give up to a US customer who loved the design—makes more sense from the inside out. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 30 Dec. 2022 The fund can give up to $1,500 per household – although there have been exceptions when people needed ongoing help. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 1 Aug. 2023 Hajjar was the second second-round pick that the Reds had included in that deal, a sign of how much the Reds were willing to give up to add Benson to the outfield. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 26 Mar. 2023 As the world faces twin ecological crises of climate change and ecosystem collapse, the vote will determine what one country’s citizens are willing to give up to protect the planet. Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2023 The invitation says attendees must give $500 to get in, although guests can give up to $50,000 each to be designated as an official event host. cleveland, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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“Give (oneself) up to (something).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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