give over


gave over; given over; giving over; gives over

transitive verb

: cease
: to yield without restraint or control : abandon
gave themselves over to laughter
: to set apart for a particular purpose or use
archaic : to pronounce incurable

intransitive verb

British : to cease an activity : stop
told him to give over and let me aloneBrendan 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
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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Give over.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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