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

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 Even the concerns about data collection are tinged with marvel that people would give over so much information about themselves simply to listen to a song. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, 10 May 2022 It’s the domain of the savvier student of enology or the intrepid explorer willing to give over outsized chunks of life in the pursuit of producers and offerings out of reach of mere mortals. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2022 San Antonio could spend its remaining federal COVID-19 relief funding on vaccination, utility assistance, the arts and more, but that may change depending on what feedback residents give over the next month. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Oct. 2021 The report indicates that county residents give over $1 billion a year in local charitable contributions, and the total is going up. Sylvia Gurinsky,, 23 Sep. 2021 But why give over so much of the film to scenes of the three leads just touring through Europe in the lead-up to the attack? Keith Phipps, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2021 The program will give over half of its profits from average weekend stays, such as at the Gallatin, to help fund relief services provided at one of its nonprofit partners. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 25 May 2021 The mass vaccination site at the Cintas Center on Xavier University's campus has 10,000 doses to give over a three-day period, Cincinnati officials said. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, 18 Mar. 2021 Entertainment companies often aren’t eager to give over any ad space or content to Roku. Patience Haggin, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of give over

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

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20 May 2022

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“Give over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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