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Definition 1: stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims - [verb of cognition]

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage
  • Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of give up ) abandon one's principles for expedience or financial gain

(give up has a similar meaning as ...) move in order to make room for someone for something

"The park gave way to a supermarket" "`Move over,' he told the crowd"

(give up has a similar meaning as ...) break down, literally or metaphorically

"The wall collapsed" "The business collapsed" "The dam broke" "The roof collapsed" "The wall gave in" "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"

Definition 2: give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat - [verb of competition]

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • In the second round, the challenger gave up

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

Definition 3: give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another - [verb of competition]

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

(give up is a kind of ...) cease opposition; stop fighting

(... is a kind of give up ) surrender (power or a position)

"The King abnegated his power to the ministers"

(... is a kind of give up ) acknowledge defeat

"The candidate conceded after enough votes had come in to show that he would lose"

(... is a kind of give up ) surrender under agreed conditions

Definition 4: stop consuming - [verb of consumption]

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • kick a habit
  • give up alcohol

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

(give up is a kind of ...) do without or cease to hold or adhere to

"We are dispensing with formalities" "relinquish the old ideas"

Definition 5: give up with the intent of never claiming again - [verb of possession]

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Abandon your life to God
  • She gave up her children to her ex-husband when she moved to Tahiti
  • We gave the drowning victim up for dead

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of give up ) turn away from; give up

"I am foreswearing women forever"

Definition 6: relinquish possession or control over - [verb of possession]

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

(give up is a kind of ...) give as a present; make a gift of

"What will you give her for her birthday?"

(... is a kind of give up ) surrender, as a result of pressure or force

(... is a kind of give up ) give up for a price or reward

"She sold her principles for a successful career"

(... is a kind of give up ) formally assign ownership of

"She signed away her rights"

Definition 7: lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime - [verb of possession]

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • you've forfeited your right to name your successor
  • forfeited property

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

(give up is a kind of ...) forsake, leave behind

"We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"

(... is a kind of give up ) let slip

"He lapsed his membership"

Definition 8: part with a possession or right - [verb of possession]

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest
  • resign a claim to the throne

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

(give up is a kind of ...) place into the hands or custody of

"hand me the spoon, please" "Turn the files over to me, please" "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"

(... is a kind of give up ) release from government control

(... is a kind of give up ) endure the loss of

"He gave his life for his children" "I gave two sons to the war"

Definition 9: give up what is not strictly needed - [verb of possession]

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey

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(give up is a kind of ...) transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

"I gave her my money" "can you give me lessons?" "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • give up a run

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She vacated the position when she got pregnant
  • The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

(give up is a kind of ...) give up or retire from a position

"The Secretary of the Navy will leave office next month" "The chairman resigned over the financial scandal"

(... is a kind of give up ) give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations

"The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"

Definition 12: put an end to a state or an activity - [verb of stative]

Samples where give up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Quit teasing your little brother

Synonyms for give up in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of give up ) stop pursuing or acting

"drop a lawsuit" "knock it off!"

(... is a kind of give up ) stop using

"leave off your jacket--no need to wear it here"

(... is a kind of give up ) cease broadcasting; get off the air; as of radio stations

(... is a kind of give up ) withdraw from active participation

"He retired from chess"

(... is a kind of give up ) prevent from happening or continuing

"The government pulled the plug on spending"

(... is a kind of give up ) stem the flow of

"shut off the gas when you leave for a vacation"

(... is a kind of give up ) used in the imperative (get away, or stop it)

"Cheese it!"

(... is a kind of give up ) stop doing what one is doing

"At midnight, the student decided to call it quits and closed his books"

(... is a kind of give up ) give up

"break cigarette smoking"

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