give over

verb
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of give over

1 : cease
2 : entrust
3 a : 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
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

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First Known Use of give over

14th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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