give up


  • Coughed up over $40 the First Day, Just Giving to Beggars 191
    Coughed up over $40 the First Day, Just Giving to Beggars 191
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v give up stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage","Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"
    • v give up give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat "In the second round, the challenger gave up"
    • v give up give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another "The last Taleban fighters finally surrendered"
    • v give up stop consuming "kick a habit","give up alcohol"
    • v give up give up with the intent of never claiming again "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"
    • v give up relinquish possession or control over "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"
    • v give up lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime "you've forfeited your right to name your successor","forfeited property"
    • v give up part with a possession or right "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest","resign a claim to the throne"
    • v give up give up what is not strictly needed "he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey"
    • v give up leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily "She vacated the position when she got pregnant","The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
    • v give up allow the other (baseball) team to score "give up a run"
    • v give up put an end to a state or an activity "Quit teasing your little brother"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Unwilling to give up horses altogether Unwilling to give up horses altogether
An exasperated painter gives up on his painting. He sits under two statues of women. One is titled 'the real' and the other is titled 'the ideal.' He has written 'Namby Pamby' on his painting An exasperated painter gives up on his painting. He sits under two statues of women. One is titled 'the real' and the...

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Aztecs believed that the sun died every night and needed human blood to give it strength to rise the next day. So they sacrificed 15,000 men a year to appease their sun god, Huitzilopochtli. Most of the victims were prisoners taken in wars, which were sometimes started solely to round up sacrificial victims.
    • Give up to abandon
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  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.”
  • Tom Bradley
    Tom Bradley
    “Never give up. Keep your thoughts and your mind always on the goal.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Never, never, never, never give up.”
  • Stephen Hawking
    Stephen Hawking
    “It matters if you just don't give up.”
  • Ernest Hello
    Ernest Hello
    “The man who gives up accomplishes nothing and is only a hindrance. The man who does not give up can move mountains.”
  • Orel Herhiser
    Orel Herhiser
    “I'm proof that great things can happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up.”


Don't give up the day job - This idiom is used a way of telling something that they do something badly.
Give someone a leg up - If you give someone a leg up, you help them to achieve something that they couldn't have done alone.
Give up the ghost - People give up the ghost when they die. Machines stop working when they give up the ghost.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. giefan; Goth. giban, Ger. geben.


In literature:

But above all things he ought to give up measuring his own customers with his own hands.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Each would give up anything, I think, for the other.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Gives up Office Work.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
It's only when you give up everything that you really know.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Then the summer after, if you can get away again, you can give up at Tomsk.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Belinda, who had never fought for anything else in her life, refused absolutely to give up her dressmaker.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
Oh, Madeline, my little nursling, give up these wild plans and plots; they will bring you no good.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Every other temptation is at last concentrated into this; pride, and lust, and envy, and anger all give up their strength to avarice.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
I only put before you clearly and plainly what it was I was giving up in helping you.
"Vice Versa" by F. Anstey
Mrs. Farnshaw watched her daughter furtively and strained her ears for signs of giving up.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger

In poetry:

"Now, madam, give them up, I beg -
I've had rheumatics in my leg;
Besides, until you do, it's plain
I cannot come to sight again!
"The Perils of Invisibility" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I could give up the cheering wine,
And never taste the siren cup,
But oh, thou woman, nymph divine,
I can not, will not give thee up.
"Love And Wine" by Thomas Frederick Young
Unto Him who has ordered all your lot,
To the Hand that will give the best,
That bids you come up to His home
To be His wedding guest.
"Welcome Home" by Nora Pembroke
IN all my Enna's beauties blest,
Amidst profusion still I pine;
For though she gives me up her breast,
Its panting tenant is not mine.
"Translation Of A South American Ode" by Oliver Goldsmith
O wandering graves! O restless sleep!
O silence of the sunless day!
O still ravine! O stormy deep!
Give up your prey! Give up your prey!
"Ave Imperatrix" by Oscar Wilde
"But what we have we give to you.
In the name of Jesus, walk!"
The man jumped up with a glorious shout.
He walked and jumped, began to talk.
"A Lame Man Is Healed" by Doris Clore Demaree

In news:

He doubts many in his group would give up their pension and opt for a lump sum .
After 57 years of being known for its short stories, Mademoiselle is giving up fiction for fashion.
The First Baptist Church of Boca Grande doesn't give up on the spirit of Christmas.
We're not ready to give up on Thanksgiving, however.
Mike Hadreas gives up a beefier, richer sound on his sophomore LP.
GOP moralist Bennett gives up gambling.
I stay patient with the Mets because the lack of it creates brash, misinformed decisions like trading Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi or giving up on a season in April when there's plenty of baseball to be played.
Despite several arrests and prison terms, the Moustache Brothers comedy team of Burma (Myanmar) haven't give up their craft.
The Department of Health has rolled out an ad campaign set to the song 'I'd do anything' from the musical Oliver to target smokers who want to give-up in the New Year.
Since then, President Obama's been criticized for giving up neckties in public appearances.
"Do not give up on your invention," he said.
Stanley Park's Forest Is A Haven Too Valuable To Give Up.
"never give up fighting for a cure".
George Sherrill should be able to get three outs before he gives up three runs.
Ladies and gentlemen, there are some things you need to know — some things you need to be absolutely clear about because there are people out there trying to cloud the issues and convince you to give up your rights.

In science:

The first theorem in [FM3] gives a classification of all finitely-presented, nonpolycyclic, abelian-by-cyclic groups up to quasi-isometry.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
When tallied up, these contributions give formulas (b) and (c) in the cases l = n and l = n + 1 respectively.
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
On a workstation, a day of symbolic computation with this formula gives the Ik ,l,m as integers up to k = 50.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Using this method, Karlin and McGregor [12, 13] give a determinant formula for the probability or measure for the n particles, starting at known positions, not to have collided up to time t and to be in given positions.
Random Walk in an Alcove of an Affine Weyl Group, and Non-Colliding Random Walks on an Interval
Giving up on that hope is indeed a radical shift.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature