give up(redirected from give something up)
give it up
To stop doing something. Often used as an imperative. Give it up—Adam's a better skateboarder than you, and no amount of practice will change that. Oh, give it up already—I know you're lying.
1. To yield or relinquish something. A noun of pronoun can be used between "give" and "up." This is a prime parking space—I'm not giving it up! It would be a shame if you had to give up this apartment—it's such a great location.
2. To abandon some task or goal. Oh, don't give up—you'll get this boiler fixed eventually.
3. To stop doing something in particular, often a habit. Lots of people have given up smoking, so I'm confident that you can too.
4. To surrender or yield someone or oneself. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "give" and "up." You need to give yourself up to the cops before an innocent person gets caught in the crossfire. I know he's done some really heinous things, but he's still my brother—I can't just give him up to the authorities!
5. To lose faith in someone or something; to no longer believe in someone or something's potential for betterment. Always followed by "on." I know I've failed a lot in the past year, but please, don't give up on me. Don't give up on this team just yet.
6. To fully pledge or devote oneself to something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "give" and "up," and the phrase is always followed by "to." To deal with the grief, I gave myself up to my research.
7. To consider lost or without hope. A noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "up." Nearly always followed by "as lost" or "for lost." I gave the package up for lost when it didn't arrive in two weeks. We had nearly given up the situation as lost when help arrived.
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give oneself up(to someone or something)
1. Lit. to surrender to someone or something. Fran gave herself up to the disease. Walter gave himself up to the police.
2. Fig. to devote oneself to someone or something; to give oneself over to someone or something. She gave herself up to her children and their care. Fran gave herself up to tennis. Jane refused to give herself up to weight lifting, which is a full-time hobby.
give someone or something up (for lost)
to abandon someone or something as being lost; to quit looking for someone or something that is lost. After a week we had given the cat up for lost when suddenly she appeared. We gave up the cat for lost.
give someone or something up (to someone)
to hand someone or something over to someone; to relinquish claims on someone or something in favor of someone else. We had to give the money we found up to the police. We gave up the money to the police.
give something up
1. to forsake something; to stop using or eating something. I gave coffee up because of the caffeine. They advised me to give up sugar in all forms.
2. to quit doing something. Oh, give it up! You're not getting anywhere. You should give up smoking.
give up (on someone or something)
to give up trying to do something with someone or something, such as being friendly, giving advice, managing, etc. I gave up on jogging. My knees went bad. Gloria tried to be friendly with Kelly, but finally gave up.
to quit; to quit trying. I give up! I won't press this further. Are you going to give up or keep fighting?
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give oneself up
1. Surrender, as in They gave themselves up to the police. [Second half of 1500s]
2. Devote or abandon oneself completely, as in She gave herself up to her research. [Second half of 1500s] Also see give up.
1. Surrender, as in The suspect gave himself up. [1100s]
2. Stop doing or performing something, as in They gave up the search, or She gave up smoking almost thirty years ago. [c. 1600]
3. Part with, relinquish, as in They gave up their New York apartment, or We gave up all hope of finding the lost tickets. [Mid-1500s]
4. Lose hope for, as in We had given you up as lost. [Late 1500s]
5. Admit defeat, as in I give up-what's the right answer? [c. 1600]
6. give up on. Abandon, lose one's faith in, as in I gave up on writing a novel, or She gave up on religion years ago. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s] Also see give oneself up to.
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give it upapplaud enthusiastically. informal
2004 New Zealand Listener Ladiiieees and gentlemen, give it up for Joseph Lin and the Auckland Philharmonia conducted by Steven Smith , coming to you live from the Auckland Town Hall.
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give it up (for somebody)(informal) show your approval of somebody by clapping your hands: Give it up for Tommy!
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1. To surrender: The suspects gave up. The fugitives gave themselves up.
2. To admit defeat: Okay, let me go; I give up.
3. To cease to do or perform something, especially before completion or success: We gave up our search for the missing earrings. I tried to learn chess, but I was so bad that I gave it up.
4. To desist from doing something; stop doing something: My friend gave up smoking. I've been trying to give this habit up for years.
5. To abandon what one is planning to do: The author gave up writing the novel. Don't give up on this project!
6. To part with something; relinquish something: We gave the apartment up when the landlord raised the rent. They gave up all hope of ever finding their dog again.
7. To completely devote oneself to something. Used reflexively: The librarian gave himself up to his work.
8. give up on To lose faith or confidence in someone or something: After the sixth inning, our team gave up on winning the game. I gave up on my brother when he failed to return my letters.
9. give up on To lose hope that someone or something will appear: We'd given up on you an hour ago.
10. give up for To believe someone will not appear because he or she is in some debilitated state: You were so late to the party, we had given you up for lost. The lonely soldiers gave up their colonel for dead.
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give someone up
tv. to betray someone; to turn someone in to the authorities. No, I didn’t give Mooshoo up!
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