[ giv-uhp ]
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  1. something conceded or relinquished; concession: Labor has balked at any more give-ups in the contract talks.

  2. Stock Exchange.

    • a commission shared among two or more stockbrokers.

    • a part of a commission that constitutes a single such share.

Origin of give-up

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase give up

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How to use give-up in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for give up

give up

  1. to abandon hope (for)

  2. (tr) to renounce (an activity, belief, etc): I have given up smoking

  1. (tr) to relinquish or resign from: he gave up the presidency

  2. (tr; usually reflexive) to surrender: the escaped convict gave himself up

  3. (tr) to reveal or disclose (information)

  4. (intr) to admit one's defeat or inability to do something

  5. (tr; often passive or reflexive) to devote completely (to): she gave herself up to caring for the sick

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Other Idioms and Phrases with give-up


Surrender, as in The suspect gave himself up. [1100s]

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