1. [ verb ] lose or lose the right to by some error, offense, or crime
Synonyms: forfeit waive render forgo throw_overboard
Related terms: claim abandon lapse forfeit forfeit release forfeit
2. [ verb ] give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat
Synonyms: drop_out throw_in throw_in_the_towel fall_by_the_wayside leave drop_by_the_wayside chuck_up_the_sponge quit

"In the second round, the challenger gave up"

Related terms: enter quitter
3. [ verb ] give up with the intent of never claiming again
Synonyms: abandon

"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"

Related terms: foreswear abandonment
4. [ verb ] part with a possession or right
Synonyms: relinquish resign free release

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

Related terms: pass sacrifice derequisition relinquishment acquittance
5. [ verb ] to give up as not strictly needed: he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey.
Synonyms: spare dispense_with part_with
Related terms: give
6. [ verb ] put an end to a state or an activity
Synonyms: stop cease quit discontinue lay_off

"Quit teasing your little brother"

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. [ verb ] (work) leave (a job, post, post, or position) voluntarily
Synonyms: resign vacate renounce

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

Related terms: leave_office abdicate resignation
8. [ verb ] stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas, claims, etc.
Synonyms: abandon give

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

Related terms: collapse move_over
9. [ verb ] relinquish possession or control over
Synonyms: surrender deliver cede

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

Related terms: give sell yield_up sign_away cession
10. [ verb ] give up or agree to forego to the power or possession of another
Synonyms: surrender

"The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered"

Related terms: resist yield capitulate concede capitulation
11. [ verb ] (baseball) allow the other team to score
Synonyms: allow

: "give up a run", in baseball

12. [ verb ] refrain from consuming
Synonyms: forgo

"You will have to forgo alcohol"

Related terms: kick renunciation abstain
Similar spelling:   give_off