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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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 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 Hillary destroyed evidence under subpoena and the Trump people have given over millions and millions of documents. Fox News, "Did an administration infiltrate the opposition's campaign?," 26 May 2018 Fearing a subpoena, the witnesses have complied with the request and have given over their phones, the sources said. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Bernie Sanders won’t join the Democratic Party," 7 June 2018 While the area has faced challenges over the years, its innate resilience and built-in beauty — including gorgeous brick buildings — gives Over-the-Rhine historic charm. Annie Zaleski,, "See Cincinnati with fresh eyes and visit these 7 postcard-worthy sites," 29 June 2018 Its former bottling room has been given over to Sartre, with high ceilings and industrial steel columns softened by pendant lamps and potted plants. Elaine Glusac,, "Don't underestimate dining scene in Cincinnati's dynamic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood," 8 May 2018 The title tale from this collection of short stories about the death of old deities reveals that Earth was given over to an angry, insane god. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "5 Great Works From Acclaimed Sci-Fi Author Harlan Ellison, Who Died at 84," 29 June 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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