give up on (someone or something)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give up on (someone or something)

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.

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

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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