give up


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

4a : 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

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Examples of give up in a Sentence

was in so much debt he had to give up his house and move into a cheaper apartment I hope you won't give up playing the piano.

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In two of his starts – in five innings on June 9 and in 5 2/3 innings on July 5 – Patiño exited without giving up a single hit. Jeff Sanders,, "Luis Patiño continues breakout with Fort Wayne," 12 July 2018 Jorge López pitched two hitless innings before giving up a leadoff single to former Brewers minor-leaguer Garrett Cooper to start the Miami 12th. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marlins 5, Brewers 4: Offense can't rescue Peralta in extra-inning loss," 11 July 2018 That personality trait helped him Sunday, no doubt, after giving up three runs in the first two innings. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers bet on Michael Fulmer can pay off in ace or prospects," 9 July 2018 Intel tried mightily with the Atom processor, but the company met repeated rejection before finally giving up in 2015. Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race," 9 July 2018 Trevor Richards walked a career-high seven with the last one being intentional, and couldn’t finish the fourth inning after giving up two runs on four hits. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins snap their longest skid ever against the Nationals with a hitting barrage," 8 July 2018 Christian Bergman got the win despite giving up five runs on eight hits over five innings. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Rainiers head into All-Star Break season-best six games above .500," 8 July 2018 Few supported the project but several community members expressed concerns in giving up any parkland for the project and increased traffic congestion. Priscella Vega,, "Proposed subdivision on abandoned Franklin School site will go before Huntington Beach commissioners," 6 July 2018 After his return to Corpus Christi, Whitley had three consecutive scoreless starts but followed by giving up 10 earned runs in his last two outings. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros top prospect Forrest Whitley selected to play in Futures Game," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of give up

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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