give over

gave over; given over; giving over; gives over

Definition of give over

transitive verb

1 : cease
2 : entrust
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 Entertainment companies often aren’t eager to give over any ad space or content to Roku. Patience Haggin, WSJ, "Roku Torments Entertainment Giants in Quest to Dominate Streaming," 17 Dec. 2020 But even people willing to give over half their lawn for the benefit of caterpillars might be daunted by the task of replacing it according to Tallamy’s prescription. Matthew Cicanese And Erika Reiter, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet the Ecologist Who Wants You to Unleash the Wild on Your Backyard," 10 Apr. 2020 Co-owner Andrei Mikhail said what the restaurant had used as a private dining room has been given over to the grocery and liquor business. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When the corner restaurant is also the corner grocer: Milwaukee spots offer specialty foods and essentials," 29 May 2020 Around Montmartre, where working people still live, Parisians perch at their windows, greeting each other and just looking out; my neighborhood around Madeleine, on the other hand, given over to luxury shops, is dead. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Denuded of Tourists, Paris Reveals Its Old Beating Heart," 24 Apr. 2020 His storage capacity is 6TB, with 3TB given over to backups. David Rutland, Ars Technica, "Digital hoarders: “Our terabytes are put to use for the betterment of mankind”," 12 Apr. 2020 The stiff body structure and track tuning yields a car with no body lean in corners and little give over bumps. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Would you pay $212,000 for a Nissan? You might if it’s the 2020 GT-R Nismo," 4 Apr. 2020 She is seen from above, and the top half of the image is given over to dense foliage that mimics the dark fields of ink in the woodcuts. Washington Post, "The Félix Vallotton exhibition at the Met is not to be missed," 26 Dec. 2019 The four girls in the home – ages 1, 3, 4 and 13 – were given over to the care of Idaho Health and Welfare Department officials, a police spokesman said. Fox News, "Idaho police arrest couple after finding children in cockroach-infested home: report," 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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“Give over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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