give up

verb

Definition of give up

transitive verb
1 :to yield control or possession of :surrender
  • forced to give up his job
2 :to desist from :abandon
  • refused to give up her efforts
3 :to declare incurable or insoluble
4 a :to abandon (oneself) to a particular feeling, influence, or activity
  • gave himself up to despair
b :to devote to a particular purpose or use
5 :to despair of seeing
  • we'd given you up
6 :to allow (a hit or run in baseball) while pitching
intransitive verb
:to cease doing or attempting something especially as an admission of defeat :quit often used with on
  • don't give up on the project
give up the ghost
:to cease to live or function :die

Examples of give up in a Sentence

  1. was in so much debt he had to give up his house and move into a cheaper apartment

  2. I hope you won't give up playing the piano.

First Known Use of give up

13th century



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