Definition of give up
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 despairb : 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
: 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
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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