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Verb: give up
  1. Stop trying or participating; admit defeat
    "In the second round, the challenger gave up";
    - drop out, fall by the wayside, drop by the wayside, throw in, throw in the towel, quit, chuck up the sponge [US, non-standard]
  2. Lose (something) or lose the right to (something) by some error, offence, or crime
    - forfeit, throw overboard, waive, forgo, forego
  3. Put an end to a state or an activity
    "give up teasing your little brother";
    - discontinue, stop, cease, quit, lay off, surcease [archaic]
  4. Give up what is not strictly needed
    "he asked if they could give up one of their horses to speed his journey";
    - spare, part with, dispense with
  5. Part with a possession or right
    "I am giving up my bedroom to the long-term house guest";
    - release, relinquish, resign, free
  6. Leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
    "She gave up the position when she got pregnant";
    - vacate, resign, renounce
  7. Relinquish possession or control over
    "The squatters had to give up the building after the police moved in";
    - surrender, cede, deliver
  8. Give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another
    "The last Taleban fighters finally gave up";
    - surrender
  9. Stop maintaining or insisting on ideas or claims
    "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations";
    - abandon
  10. Stop consuming
    "give up alcohol";
    - kick [informal]
  11. Give up with the intent of never claiming again
    "She gave up her children to her ex-husband when she moved to Tahiti";
    - abandon
  12. Allow the other (baseball) team to score
    "give up a run";
    - allow

Derived forms: gives up, gave up, given up, giving up

Type of: abandon, dispense with, forego, foreswear, forgo, gift, give, hand, leave office, pass, pass on, present, quit, reach, relinquish, resign, step down, turn over, waive, yield

Antonym: resist

Encyclopedia: Give up