give over

verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'give over.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of give over

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about give over

Statistics for give over

Last Updated

2 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for give over

The first known use of give over was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on give over

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with give over

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for give over

Comments on give over

What made you want to look up give over? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an enemy or opponent

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!