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

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Its capital program with Bank of America has given over 2,500 women entrepreneurs $46 million in loans through community development financial institutions (CDFIs) as well. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Tory Burch's #EmbraceAmbition Series Will Inspire You to Start Your Own Business," 8 Mar. 2019 That is a worrying sign for the company’s long-term ability to meet its obligations given over six-plus years of management shifts and poor results. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "The Penney Drops," 22 May 2018 But Facebook still doesn't know what files were given over to Collins and his colleagues. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Six4Three exec “panicked” in UK MP’s office, gave up Facebook internal files," 27 Nov. 2018 Beyoncé has announced yet another scholarship program — this time alongside husband Jay-Z — which will give over $1 million to 11 students. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z Just Launched Another Scholarship Program," 28 Aug. 2018 One of the two rooms—a playroom—given over to her children, Valeria, 8, and 5-year-old twins, Viola and Vittoria, is painted green. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Reviving the Heart of Rome by Adding Nordic Style," 15 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of give over

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

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