Synonyms for give up

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : giv-uhp
Phonetic Transcription : ˈgɪvˌʌp

Top 10 synonyms for give up Other synonyms for the word give up

Définition of give up

Origin :
  • Old English giefan (W. Saxon) "to give, bestow; allot, grant; commit, devote, entrust," class V strong verb (past tense geaf, past participle giefen), from Proto-Germanic *gebanan (cf. Old Frisian jeva, Middle Dutch gheven, Dutch geven, Old High German geban, German geben, Gothic giban), from PIE *ghabh- "to take, hold, have, give" (see habit). It became yiven in Middle English, but changed to guttural "g" by influence of Old Norse gefa "to give," Old Danish givæ. Meaning "to yield to pressure" is from 1570s.
  • Give in "yield" is from 1610s; give out is mid-14c., "publish, announce;" meaning "run out, break down" is from 1520s. Give up "surrender" is mid-12c. To give (someone) a cold seems to reflect the old belief that one could be cured of disease by deliberately infecting others. What gives? "what is happening?" is attested from 1940. Give-and-take (n.) is originally from horse racing (1769) and refers to races in which bigger horses were given more weight to carry, lighter ones less. General sense attested by 1778.
  • As in refund : noun returned money
  • As in kick : verb quit a habit
  • As in lay off : verb stop doing
  • As in leave : verb abandon, renounce
  • As in leave off : verb stop
  • As in lose : verb be deprived of; mislay
  • As in abstain : verb hold back from doing
  • As in quit : verb abandon, leave
  • As in quit : verb stop doing something
  • As in back down : verb back off
  • As in back out : verb withdraw
  • As in refrain : verb do without; keep from doing
  • As in relent : verb die down; let up
  • As in render : verb contribute
  • As in renounce : verb abandon, reject
  • As in abdicate : verb give up a right, position, or power
  • As in scrub : verb cancel
  • As in sell/sell out : verb betray
  • As in shelve : verb defer, postpone
  • As in turn over : verb give, transfer
  • As in vacate : verb leave empty
  • As in write off : verb devalue; forget about
  • As in yield : verb give in, surrender
  • As in back off : verb retreat
  • As in knuckle under : verb give in
  • As in cry uncle : verb to surrender
  • As in give in : verb admit defeat
  • As in break : verb stop an action
  • As in capitulate : verb give in
  • As in cede : verb abandon, surrender
  • As in despond : verb despair
  • As in chicken out : verb back down
  • As in quitclaim : verb abdicate
  • As in comply : verb abide by, follow agreement or instructions
  • As in concede : verb acknowledge, give in
  • As in consent : verb agree
  • As in cut out : verb excise, remove
  • As in abnegate : verb renounce
  • As in deliver : verb relinquish possession
  • As in desert : verb abandon, defect
  • As in desist : verb stop, refrain from
  • As in discard : verb get rid of
  • As in discontinue : verb prevent activity from going on
  • As in dispense with : verb omit; do away with
  • As in do without : verb get along without
  • As in drop : verb let go of; fall
  • As in drop : verb abandon; ignore
  • As in drop out : verb stop doing an activity
  • As in end : verb bring to an end
  • As in eschew : verb have nothing to do with
  • As in extradite : verb send to another place by force
  • As in fall : verb be overthrown by an enemy; surrender
  • As in forsake : verb abandon, turn one's back on
  • As in forswear : verb abandon, disavow
  • As in give in/give up : verb admit defeat
  • As in hand over : verb give back; release
Example sentences :
  • He looked back sixty years, and said it was time to give up.
  • Extract from : « Harriet, The Moses of Her People » by Sarah H. Bradford
  • But give up an inclination, and there is some merit in that.
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • Why could he not go back, face them, give up his gun, wait for the law to speak?
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • Have I not conjured you, as you value my peace—What is it that I do not give up?
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • You have sometimes seemed to pity me, that I am obliged to give up every point.
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • To let yourself be killed when you ought not is to give up fighting.
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • Then you mean to give up society for the sake of nursing the poor?
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • Only a week—and love was one of the things she had had to give up, with others.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It had taken courage, God knew, to give up everything and come away.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Dr. Ed says Max wants you to give up your training and marry him now.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Antonyms for give up

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