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give sb up

verb uk phrasal verb with give   /ɡɪv/ (gave, given) us  

(END FRIENDSHIP)

to stop having a friendship with someone: She seems to have given up all her old friends.

(NOT EXPECT)

( also give up on sb) to stop expecting that someone will arrive: I've been waiting half an hour - I'd almost given you up.
give sb up for dead ( also give up on sb) to think that someone is certain to die or to be dead: The hospital had virtually given her up for dead, but she eventually recovered. After a three-day search on the mountain, they gave him up for dead.
Translations of “give sb up”
in Chinese (Traditional) 絕交, 與(某人)絕交, 不再與(某人)交往…
in Chinese (Simplified) 绝交, 与(某人)绝交, 不再与(某人)交往…
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