give over to

Definition of give over to

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

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

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

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

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

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

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

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

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

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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