overgive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From over- +‎ give. Compare Scots overgie (to relinquish, resign), Dutch overgeven (to surrender), German übergeben (to hand over, surrender), Danish overgive (to surrender).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

overgive (third-person singular simple present overgives, present participle overgiving, simple past overgave, past participle overgiven)

  1. (transitive) To give over, hand over, surrender; to relinquish. [from 15th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.3:
      For th'heavens have decreëd to displace / The Britons for their sinnes dew punishment / And to the Saxons over-give their government.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To give up, terminate. [16th-17th c.]