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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.


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.


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.


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

12. give up (consumption) stop consuming

SamplesKick a habit.
Give up alcohol.


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

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

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