give in

gave in; given in; giving in; gives in

Definition of give in

transitive verb

: deliver, submit gave in his resignation

intransitive verb

: to yield under insistence or entreaty : surrender

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Synonyms & Antonyms for give in


bow, cave (in), submit, succumb, surrender, yield


hold off, resist

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Examples of give in in a Sentence

give in and have some chocolate after withstanding hours of begging, their father finally gave in and let them go to the amusement park

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King, who was at the time the defending champion, had threatened to boycott the tournament if the prize values for the women's competitors weren't equal to the mens and the organizers ultimately gave in. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How the U.S. Open Changed the History of Tennis," 1 Sep. 2019 Federal elections due in October make a speedy resolution less likely: no party wants to be seen as giving in to the EU. The Economist, "Swiss stocks are collateral damage in a worsening trade row," 5 July 2019 While some were understanding of the 47-year-old dad trying to pawn off the project, others thought his post wasn't so humorous and criticized him for not giving in to his daughter's request. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson avoids putting together his daughter's Barbie house and we get it," 18 June 2019 The key concession had been made and the U.S. soon responded by giving in to some of Canada’s key demands. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "In Nafta Rewrite, Canada Took Cue From Mexico: Make a Big Concession," 29 Nov. 2018 In court on Thursday afternoon, prosecutors played a recording of a police interview that Richardson gave in 2017. Steve Helling,, "Cheerleader Accused of Murdering Newborn Admitted, 'I Didn’t Really Want to Have My Baby'," 6 Sep. 2019 More than the total aid the US gave in 2015 to eight of the world’s nine poorest countries by GDP per capita. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "What Walmart’s “improperly avoided” taxes could have paid for," 5 Sep. 2019 In this instance, Gorka and Karem exchanged words following a speech Trump gave in the Rose Garden that Karem and other members of the press corps observed. Katelyn Polantz And Sam Fossum, CNN, "Federal judge will rule on Brian Karem's White House press pass by next week," 27 Aug. 2019 One of Harlandale’s lawyers, Kevin O’Hanlon of Austin, told reporters the letter cites the same reasons the TEA gave in its investigation report as the board’s rationale for dismissing Madrigal. Krista Torralva,, "In switch, Harlandale ISD board lets suspended leader resign," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of give in

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of give in was in 1602

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