give up on (someone or something)

idiom

1
: to stop trying to improve the condition of (someone)
He has gotten in trouble many times, but his parents have never given up on him.
Please don't give up on me. I promise I'll do better.
2
: to stop having hope of seeing (someone)
We'd given up on you hours ago!
3
: to stop trying to do or achieve (something)
They have given up on their plan to build a new factory.
She hasn't given up on trying to convince her husband to buy a new car.

Examples of give up on (someone or something) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cruz doesn’t appear to give up on the feeding, though. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 3 Apr. 2024 Although Bayern director of sport Max Eberl claimed in an interview earlier this week that Bayern would never give up on the title, the ten-point gap to Leverkusen always made the 12th title in a row close to a mission impossible. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 Might the city give up on the Plaza tennis courts entirely and turn the site over to a developer to erect a commercial building there? Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 Our research offers a perhaps counterintuitive solution to disagreements about moderation: Platforms should give up on trying to prevent the spread of information that is simply false, and focus instead on preventing the spread of information that can be used to cause harm. Scott Duke Kominers, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2024 Even so, Biden’s main point man on Ukraine appealed to his hosts not to give up on the US. Andrew Carey, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 Don’t trust anyone who strokes your ego. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Listen to reason, but don’t give up on your dreams. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 6 Mar. 2024 Still, Krebs refuses to give up on his heritage, culture and faith. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 12 Mar. 2024 But Roberts isn’t ready to give up on Lux at shortstop just yet. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024

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“Give up on (someone or something).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give%20up%20on%20%28someone%20or%20something%29. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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