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verb (adverb)

(tr) to transfer, esp to the care or custody of another
(tr) to assign or resign to a specific purpose or functionthe day was given over to pleasure
informal to cease (an activity)give over fighting, will you!

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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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give over

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]

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