give over

gave over; given over; giving over; gives over

Definition of give over

transitive verb

1 : cease
2 : entrust
3a : to yield without restraint or control : abandon gave themselves over to laughter
b : to set apart for a particular purpose or use
4 archaic : to pronounce incurable

intransitive verb

British : to cease an activity : stop told him to give over and let me alone— Brendan Behan

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Examples of give over in a Sentence

his wife suggested that he give over working such long hours if it was making him so unhappy gave over his entire savings to an investor

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Its apostles see the catastrophic impact of climate change as a historic opportunity to revert to the comforting, delusive tribal vision of racial purity in a world given over to chaos and all but permanent geopolitical turmoil. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019 After wearing everything in their closet at least once, Carper was ready to give over control and let other people dress them. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Camilla Carper Is the Designer Letting People Dress Them, All in the Name of Art," 22 Aug. 2019 Those detained were also given over to federal custody. Kim Fu, The Mercury News, "At least 9 held in mysterious federal law enforcement action after standoff in North Bay," 29 Aug. 2019 Evenings were given over to fresh fish and pasta and copious amounts of wine and beer. Smithsonian, "John Steinbeck’s Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rules of Ecology," 22 Aug. 2019 Most of the exhibition is given over to photographs. Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, "Latinx, queer, punk. Club Scum exhibition captures the fierceness, in full," 20 Aug. 2019 Scrutiny by food scientists busted those myths, beginning with the commonsensical observation that bone itself is so dense that, in the short time given over to grilling, marrow has neither the chance nor the wherewithal to make it to the meat. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "With steaks, closer to the bone makes a difference," 10 July 2019 The concert’s second half was given over to works with one exceptional solo after another. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Farewell, Vienna, Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest has gone Latin," 13 July 2019 But the blocks around the various museums, including the DIA, already are given over to large swaths of lawn. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "New cultural district plan still has long way to go to unify DIA neighborhood," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of give over

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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