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- (transitive) To surrender (someone or something)
- (transitive) To stop or quit (an activity, etc.)
- (transitive) To relinquish (something)
- (transitive) To lose hope concerning (someone or something)
- They gave him up for dead.
- (transitive) To abandon (someone or something)
- 1941 October, “Notes and News: Great Western Parcels Railcar”, in Railway Magazine, page 474:
- The semi-streamlined contour of the earlier G.W.R. railcars has been given up in favour of a more utilitarian blunt-nose end, and effective floor space gained thereby.
- 2021 November 3, Adrian Shooter talks to Paul Clifton, “A lifetime of railway achievements”, in RAIL, number 943, page 34:
- "I tried retirement ten years ago. Didn't think much of it. Complete waste of time. So I gave it up after two weeks."
- (intransitive) To admit defeat, capitulate.
- (transitive, baseball) Of a pitcher: to allow a hitter to make (a certain play).
- A good pitcher will give up very few home runs.
- 2019 November 14, Tyler Kepner, “After Reports of Astros’ Cheating, M.L.B. Is Left to Restore Trust”, in The New York Times, New York, N.Y.: The New York Times Company, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2023-01-15:
- Fiers, who now pitches for the Oakland Athletics, has gone 27-12 with a no-hitter in two years since leaving the Astros. But the last time he faced them, on Sept. 9, he gave up nine runs, including five homers, and got just three outs.
- (transitive, finance) To execute a trade on behalf of another broker.
- (intransitive, US dialectal) To acknowledge, recognize as.
- 1969, God Struck Me Dead; Religious Conversion Experiences and Autobiographies of Ex-Slaves, Philadelphia, P.A., Boston, M.A.: Pilgrim Press, page 45:
- The next morning, Sunday, I was boxing with R., who had come over with three or four others to swap a few with me. I was given up to be the best boxer around, and I laid them cold as fast as they came at me.
stop, quit, desist