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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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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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 One 2016 study found that for every hour doctors spent with patients, two hours were given over to filling out paperwork, leaving much less time to listen to patients, arguably the best way to avoid misdiagnoses. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "What Silicon Valley Could Use More Of: Inefficiency," 4 June 2018 Short, puckish and charismatic, Mr. Peron embraced the hippie lifestyle in San Francisco, living in a commune, dealing and smoking marijuana, and opening a restaurant where the second floor was given over to selling it. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Dennis Peron, Early Medical Marijuana Advocate, Dies at 71," 30 Jan. 2018 Smiling is not a realm given over to easy description. Neil Steinberg, CNN, "How many types of smile are there?," 13 June 2018 The wonder here is not simply the pure gift on display — the music and memorability of these two lines! — but the gift given over to wonder. Christian Wiman, New York Times, "The Poet of Light," 12 Jan. 2018 Rancho Park, like much of the Westside of Los Angeles from the arrival of Europeans in the region until the real estate boom of the 1920s, was once given over entirely to agricultural uses. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Rancho Park takes its spot in a post-modest world," 8 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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