give over

  1. (tr) to transfer, esp to the care or custody of another

  2. (tr) to assign or resign to a specific purpose or function: the day was given over to pleasure

  1. informal to cease (an activity): give over fighting, will you!

Words Nearby give over

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How to use give over in a sentence

  • The latter were disheartened for a few days, but not in the least disposed to give over the struggle.

  • However I hoped that Paddy would now give over his ideas about catching little black men.

    The O'Ruddy | Stephen Crane
  • The crushed chest sank horribly under his hands, and he was obliged to give over.

    The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen

Other Idioms and Phrases with give over

give over

Hand over, entrust, as in They gave over all the papers to the library. [Late 1400s]

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