give in

gave in; given in; giving in; gives in

Definition of give in

transitive verb

: deliver, submit gave in his resignation

intransitive verb

: to yield under insistence or entreaty : surrender

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Synonyms & Antonyms for give in


bow, cave (in), submit, succumb, surrender, yield


hold off, resist

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Examples of give in in a Sentence

give in and have some chocolate after withstanding hours of begging, their father finally gave in and let them go to the amusement park

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That includes Wheeler, who Schiermeyer said objected to a tweet by Yahoo News correspondent Alexander Nazaryan about a speech Wheeler gave in June. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "The environment for reporters covering the EPA just got a lot more toxic.," 13 July 2019 Ferrando and Guglielmo return in disguise and woo the sisters, who finally give in — and switch boyfriends in the process. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Thanks, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson! Opera stars say Roseville music teachers got them started," 11 July 2019 For Tlaib, Pelosi’s latest comment amounted to a mixed message - one that seemed to contradict the advice Pelosi gave in a meeting early in her tenure. Mike Debonis,, "Pelosi’s isolation gambit leaves four liberals, including Ayanna Pressley, struggling," 11 July 2019 Some candidates, like Biden, have focused almost exclusively on big-ticket donors, while others, like Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have focused on a broad base of donors who give in smaller amounts. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Does Big Tech Want From Buttigieg?," 9 July 2019 The area where the scent was found matched statements that serial killer Donald Evans gave in 1994 claiming to have killed Sellers, Jones said. Julia Fair,, "Search renewed for Kenton County boy who vanished in 1980," 4 June 2019 The Nobel speech that Sheldon and Amy gave in Stockholm was perfection. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 17 May 2019 Tonight's penultimate episode of Game of Thrones – in which Daenerys Targaryen finally gives in to the curse of her family and goes insane, torching the entire city of King's Landing and burning hundreds of innocent civilians alive. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sansa Stark Was Right All Along and Game of Thrones Fans Are Here For It," 13 May 2019 The program is designed to be given in a small group setting, with the leader sharing scenarios and posing questions to the group., "Teacher training videos: hands off of students," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of give in

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of give in was in 1602

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