Definition of Give up

1. Verb. Lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime. "Forfeited property"

Exact synonyms: Forego, Forfeit, Forgo, Throw Overboard, Waive
Generic synonyms: Abandon
Specialized synonyms: Lapse
Antonyms: Claim
Derivative terms: Forfeit, Forfeit, Forfeit, Forfeiture, Forfeiture, Forfeiture, Waiver

2. Verb. Give up with the intent of never claiming again. "We gave the drowning victim up for dead"
Exact synonyms: Abandon
Specialized synonyms: Foreswear, Quit, Relinquish, Renounce
Derivative terms: Abandonment

3. Verb. Give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat. "In the second round, the challenger gave up"

4. Verb. Put an end to a state or an activity. "They give up moving "; "Quit teasing your little brother"

5. Verb. Give up what is not strictly needed. "He asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"
Exact synonyms: Dispense With, Part With, Spare
Generic synonyms: Give

6. Verb. Part with a possession or right. "Resign a claim to the throne"
Exact synonyms: Free, Release, Relinquish, Resign
Generic synonyms: Give, Hand, Pass, Pass On, Reach, Turn Over
Specialized synonyms: Derequisition, Give, Sacrifice
Derivative terms: Release, Release, Relinquishing, Relinquishment

7. Verb. Leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily. "The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
Exact synonyms: Renounce, Resign, Vacate
Specialized synonyms: Abdicate, Renounce
Generic synonyms: Leave Office, Quit, Resign, Step Down
Derivative terms: Resignation, Vacant

8. Verb. Relinquish possession or control over. "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"
Exact synonyms: Cede, Deliver, Surrender
Generic synonyms: Gift, Give, Present
Specialized synonyms: Yield Up, Sell, Sign Away, Sign Over
Derivative terms: Cession, Surrender, Surrenderer

9. Verb. Give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another. "The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered"
Exact synonyms: Surrender
Specialized synonyms: Abnegate, Concede, Capitulate
Generic synonyms: Yield
Antonyms: Resist
Derivative terms: Surrender, Surrender, Surrenderer

10. Verb. Stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims. "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"
Exact synonyms: Abandon
Related verbs: Ease Up, Give, Give Way, Move Over, Yield, Break, Cave In, Collapse, Fall In, Founder, Give, Give Way
Derivative terms: Abandonment

11. Verb. Allow the other (baseball) team to score. "Give up a run"
Exact synonyms: Allow

12. Verb. Stop consuming. "Give up alcohol"
Exact synonyms: Kick
Generic synonyms: Dispense With, Forego, Foreswear, Forgo, Relinquish, Waive

Definition of Give up

1. Verb. (transitive) to surrender ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to stop or desist; to quit ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to relinquish ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to lose hope ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) to abandon ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) to admit defeat, to capitulate ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Give Up

give the bounce
give the devil his due
give the elbow
give the eye
give the finger
give the gate
give the glad eye
give the lie to
give the once over
give the sack
give the store away
give the time of day
give thought
give tongue to
give two hoots
give up (current term)
give up the ghost
give vent
give voice
give way
give weight
give what for

Literary usage of Give up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life by George Eliot (1873)
"... profit and loss : and having ascertained this to his cost, he determined to give up all forms of his beloved ' ' business" which required that talent. ..."

2. Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero by William Makepeace Thackeray (1848)
"George could not give up Amelia—George was married to her"—and then he related the circumstances of the marriage, as we know them already, how the poor girl ..."

3. Old Virginia and Her Neighbours by John Fiske (1897)
"His refusal to give up the journals. ther famlies were cutt off by the Indians, and they deserve just reparation here." But Berkeley declared that what ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"... to give up the militia for ten years, or even for life, and to grant Presbyterianism for five years, provided that a regulated Episcopacy should follow. ..."

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