give up (third-person singular simple present gives up, present participle giving up, simple past gave up, past participle given up)
- (transitive) To surrender (someone or something).
- He was surrounded, so gave himself up.
- They gave him up to the police.
- (transitive) To stop or quit (an activity, etc).
- They gave up the search when it got dark.
- (transitive) To relinquish (something).
- He gave up his seat to an old man.
- 1816, Jane Austen, Emma, Volume 1, Chapter 7:
- "Dear Miss Woodhouse, I would not give up the pleasure and honour of being intimate with you for any thing in the world."
- (transitive) To lose hope concerning (someone or something).
- They gave him up for dead.
- (transitive) To abandon (someone or something).
- I gave up my faith years ago.
- (intransitive) To admit defeat, to capitulate.
- OK, I give up, you win.