give up

gave up; given up; giving up; gives 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 ondon'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.
Recent Examples on the Web Every other team in the nation has given up at least three rushing TDs in 2019. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Texas A&M at Georgia by the numbers: Aggies, Bulldogs hold first SEC meeting," 23 Nov. 2019 The Bucs, playing at Atlanta on Sunday, publicly haven’t given up on Winston, whom Arians has known since the quarterback was in high school. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott can state his case for new contract vs. Patriots," 23 Nov. 2019 The Sun Devils have given up 235 points with 87 in the first quarter and 59 allowed in the second. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU football looks to play spoiler for No. 6 Oregon Ducks," 22 Nov. 2019 By the end of those horrific 24 minutes, the Cavs’ leaky defense had given up 75 points while the Heat shot 69% from the field and 60% from 3-point range. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "John Beilein sends clear message as Cleveland Cavaliers’ streak of futility continues in Miami with 124-100 loss," 21 Nov. 2019 The Afghan state, battling the Taliban, has all but given up on trying to stop the drugs trade. The Economist, "The global drugs trade shifts to west Africa," 21 Nov. 2019 New England has given up just four touchdown passes and a league-low 5.3 yards per completion, numbers that will cool off the fantasy playoff hopes of anyone willing to start Prescott. Brandon C. Williams, The Denver Post, "Fantasy football Week 12 starts/sits: Sam Darnold, T.Y. Hilton, Chris Carson," 20 Nov. 2019 Motorists haven’t given up on dreams of their own to turn the bike lane into a third lane of traffic on the westbound upper deck, to go along with the new third traffic lane on the eastbound lower deck. Steve Rubenstein,, "New bike path on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge leads to future of transportation," 16 Nov. 2019 No Iowa defense has given up fewer points a game in head coach Kirk Ferentz’s tenure. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers football vs. Iowa: How to watch and who has the edge?," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of give up

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

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27 Nov 2019

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“Give up.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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