Definition of give-up
1. give_up [ v ] lose or lose the right to by some error, offense, or crimeUsed in print:
(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)
Keegan , a 6 - foot - 3 - inch 158 - pounder , gave_up the Orioles ' last two safeties over the final three frames , escaping a load of trouble in the ninth when the Birds threatened but failed to tally .
(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
His unsuccessful strivings to give_up drink are represented as religious strivings ; he keeps a bottle in a wardrobe at home , and `` before this wardrobe Praisegod_Piepsam had before now gone literally on his knees , and in his wrestlings had bitten his tongue - and still in_the_end capitulated '' .Synonyms give_up forfeit render waive forgo throw_overboard Related Terms claim abandon lapse forfeit forfeit release forfeit
2. give_up [ v ] give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
Examples: "In the second round, the challenger gave up"
(Jane Gilmore Rushing, "Against the Moon,"...)
So Linda_Kay gave_up asking , and accepted her reprieve .Synonyms give_up drop_out throw_in_the_towel throw_in fall_by_the_wayside drop_by_the_wayside chuck_up_the_sponge leave quit Related Terms enter quitter
3. give_up [ v ] give up with the intent of never claiming again
Examples: "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"
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
They will - when they give_up the donkey and the elephant .
(Ruth F. Rosevear, "North Country School Cares for...)
`` To give_up these notions required a revolution in thought '' , Mr._Clark said in reminiscing about the abrupt_changes in ideas he experienced when he began reading `` Organic_Gardening '' and `` Modern_Nutrition '' in a search for help with his problems .
(Richard B. Morris, "Seven Who Set Our Destiny"...)
Hamilton , poorest of the seven , gave_up a brilliant law_practice to enter Washington 's Cabinet .Synonyms abandon give_up Related Terms foreswear abandonment
4. give_up [ v ] part with a possession or right
Examples: "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest" "resign a claim to the throne"
(Philip Jos‚ Farmer, The Lovers....)
Neither nation would give_up their claim on it , yet neither wished to make any move that might lead to a second Apocalyptic_War .Synonyms relinquish give_up resign free release Related Terms pass sacrifice derequisition relinquishment acquittance
5. give_up [ v ] to give up as not strictly needed: he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey.Used in print:
(W. H. Gass, "The Pedersen Kid," in The...)
He 'd not care about getting waked so he could give_up some of his whisky to a slit of a kid and maybe lose one of his hiding_places in_the_bargain .Synonyms spare give_up dispense_with part_with Related Terms give
6. give_up [ v ] put an end to a state or an activity
Examples: "Quit teasing your little brother"
(Frances and Richard Lockridge, Murder Has...)
The boy had , apparently - if Mrs._MacReady was right in what she had told Mullins - only in recent months been forced to give_up college , to work as a busboy .
(George Harmon Coxe, Error of Judgement....)
Each time he got the same answer and in_the_end he gave_up .Synonyms stop cease quit discontinue lay_off give_up Related Terms continue retire drop leave_off shut_off call_it_a_day pull_the_plug sign_off cheese break stop stop discontinuance cease cessation
7. give_up [ v ] leave (a job, post, post, or position) voluntarily
Examples: "She vacated the position when she got pregnant" "The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
(Chicago Daily Tribune...)
Whee the People : Lovely_Thrush_Annamorena gave_up a promising show_biz career to apply glamor touches to her hubby , Ray_Lenobel 's fur firm here .
(Time, 77: 3...)
It gets so frustrating , but then_again I do n't know what I could do if I gave_up racing '' .Synonyms resign vacate give_up renounce Related Terms leave_office abdicate resignation
8. give_up [ v ] stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas, claims, etc.
Examples: "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage" "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"
(Irving Fineman, Woman of Valor: The Life of Henrietta...)
She could not resist the opportunity `` of showing her superiority in argument over a man '' which she had remarked as one of the `` feminine follies '' of Sara_Sullam ; and in her forthright way , Henrietta , who in her story of Sara had indicated her own unwillingness `` to think_of men as the privileged '' and `` women as submissive and yielding '' , felt obliged to defend vigorously any statement of hers to which Morris_Jastrow took the slightest exception - he objected to her stand on the Corbin affair , as_well_as on the radical reforms of Dr._Wise of Hebrew_Union_College - until once , in sheer desperation , he wrote that he had given_up hope they would ever agree on anything .
(Dolores Hitchens, Footsteps in the Night....)
Sure , they 're giving_up hope .Synonyms abandon give_up give Related Terms collapse move_over
9. give_up [ v ] relinquish possession or control over
Examples: "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"
(Octavia Waldo, A Cup of the Sun....)
Time enough to give_up his soul .Synonyms surrender give_up deliver cede Related Terms give sell yield_up sign_away cession
10. give_up [ v ] give up or agree to forego to the power or possession of another
Examples: "The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered"
(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)
It was thickly_settled by fifteen thousand citizens and laid_out into pig infested streets , mostly around the Battery , going bravely north to Wall_Street , but giving_up and becoming fields and farms in the region of Harlem_Heights .Synonyms surrender give_up Related Terms resist yield capitulate concede capitulation
11. give_up [ v ] allow the other team to score
Examples: : "give up a run", in baseball
(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)
Rookie southpaw George_Stepanovich relieved Hyde at_the_start of the ninth and gave_up the A 's fifth tally on a walk to second_baseman Dick_Howser , a wild_pitch , and Frank_Cipriani 's single under Shortstop Jerry_Adair 's glove into center .Synonyms give_up allow
12. give_up [ v ] refrain from consuming
Examples: "You will have to forgo alcohol"
(Los Angeles Times...)
Giving_up the violin opened a whole new career for Ilona_Schmidl-Seeberg , a tiny Hungarian who Fritz_Kreisler had predicted would have a promising career on the concert stage .Synonyms give_up forgo Related Terms kick renunciation abstain
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