give over to

Definition of give over to

  1. 1 :  to give (something) to (someone) to have, use, do, etc. She has given most of her work over to her assistant.

  2. 2 :  to allow (oneself) to be fully affected by, controlled by, or involved in (something) He gave himself over to despair. She gave herself over completely to her work.

  3. 3 :  to use (something) for (a specific purpose) —usually used in the form given over to One of the upstairs rooms is given over to storage. Much of her time recently has been given over to researching her family history.

Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

overplay
  1. :  across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over


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