give over

verb

Definition of give over

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  cease

  3. 2 :  entrust

  4. 3a :  to yield without restraint or control :  abandon gave themselves over to laughterb :  to set apart for a particular purpose or use

  5. 4 archaic :  to pronounce incurable

  6. intransitive verb
  7. British :  to cease an activity :  stop told him to give over and let me alone — Brendan Behan

Examples of give over in a Sentence

  1. his wife suggested that he give over working such long hours if it was making him so unhappy

  2. gave over his entire savings to an investor

First Known Use of give over

14th century



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