give over(redirected from give themselves over)
1. To present or yield something to someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "over." You need to give all of your receipts over to your accountant so he can do your taxes. I'm shocked that Bill finally gave over the money he owed me.
2. To dedicate or devote something to some cause or goal. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "over." I'm impressed that the CEO gave his millions over so freely.
3. To allow oneself to experience something fully or completely, often an emotion. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "give" and "over." Pam will never give herself over to joy—she's too much of a pessimist for that.
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give something over (to someone or something)
to hand something over to someone or something. Please give the money over to Sherri, who handles the accounts. She is waiting at the front office. Just go there and give it over.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Hand over, entrust, as in They gave over all the papers to the library. [Late 1400s]
2. Also, give oneself over. Devote or surrender to a particular purpose or use, as in The whole day was given over to merrymaking, or He gave himself over to grief. [Late 1400s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To hand something over; entrust something: The landlord gave over the keys after we paid the deposit. She gave the package over to the courier for delivery.
2. To devote something to a particular purpose or use: Because we won, we gave the day over to merrymaking.
3. To surrender or abandon oneself completely. Used reflexively: When the funeral was finished, I finally gave myself over to grief.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.