give 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

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The Times story, drawn from 60 interviews and internal company documents, illustrates how Facebook gave over presumably private data to corporate partners. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Was Never Really For You," 19 Dec. 2018 Gurven and colleagues gave over 900 Tsimane people a battery of cognitive tasks. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "The Cognitive Advantages of Growing Older," 2 Nov. 2018 In the Catholic Church and some mainline Protestant denominations, All Saints Day is still observed as a religious holiday, with the month of November given over to prayers for the dead. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Multicultural Past of Our Commercial Halloween," 26 Oct. 2018 And most of the practice running would be given over to the AI. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Roborace wants the future of racing to be AI plus humans, working together," 16 Oct. 2018 The initial reaction was bewilderment, eventually giving over to annoyance and dismissal. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Bird’s electric scooters are getting more rugged to handle heavy use," 24 Sep. 2018 The ship was given over to the U.S. Navy at the end of the war, briefly became USS Prinz Eugen (IX-300) and survived both two atomic bomb blasts, with only a broken main mast to show for it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship," 17 Sep. 2018 Those 300 items where given over to Lee and her team, who then selected their favorites and added a little Madewell spin. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Madewell’s Karen Walker Collaboration Is Stylish and Size-Inclusive," 13 Aug. 2018 Schools were given over to private managers to run, with mostly lackluster results., "For Philly's new school board: Lessons from the SRC's 17 years," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of give over

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

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to gather or build up little by little

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