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English verb: give up

1. give up (possession) lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime


SamplesYou've forfeited your right to name your successor.
Forfeited property.


Synonymsforego, forfeit, forgo, throw overboard, waive


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)abandon


Narrower (hyponym)lapse


Antonymsarrogate, lay claim, claim

2. give up (possession) give up with the intent of never claiming again


SamplesAbandon 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.


Synonymsabandon


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)foreswear, quit, relinquish, renounce

3. give up (competition) give up in the face of defeat of lacking hope; admit defeat


SamplesIn the second round, the challenger gave up.


Synonymschuck up the sponge, drop by the wayside, drop out, fall by the wayside, quit, throw in, throw in the towel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Antonymsenter, participate

4. give up (stative) put an end to a state or an activity


SamplesQuit teasing your little brother.


ExamplesThey give up moving


Synonymscease, discontinue, lay off, quit, stop


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Narrower (hyponym)break, call it a day, call it quits, cheese, close off, drop, knock off, leave off, pull the plug, retire, shut off, sign off, withdraw


Antonymspreserve, uphold, carry on, continue, bear on

5. give up (possession) give up what is not strictly needed


SamplesHe asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey.


Synonymsdispense with, part with, spare


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)give

6. give up (possession) part with a possession or right


SamplesI am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest.
Resign a claim to the throne.


Synonymsfree, release, relinquish, resign


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over


Narrower (hyponym)derequisition, give, sacrifice

7. give up (social) leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily


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


Synonymsrenounce, resign, vacate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)leave office, quit, resign, step down


Narrower (hyponym)abdicate, renounce

8. give up (possession) relinquish possession or control over


SamplesThe squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in.


Synonymscede, deliver, surrender


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)gift, give, present


Narrower (hyponym)sell, sign away, sign over, yield up

9. give up (competition) give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another


SamplesThe last Taleban fighters finally surrendered.


Synonymssurrender


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)yield


Narrower (hyponym)abnegate, capitulate, concede


Antonymsstand firm, hold out, resist, withstand

10. give up (cognition) stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims


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


Synonymsabandon


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Verb groupbreak, cave in, collapse, ease up, fall in, founder, give, give, give way, give way, move over, yield

11. give up (social) allow the other (baseball) team to score


SamplesGive up a run.


Synonymsallow


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

12. give up (consumption) stop consuming


SamplesKick a habit.
Give up alcohol.


Synonymskick


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)dispense with, forego, foreswear, forgo, relinquish, waive









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