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English definition of “give sb up”

give sb up

phrasal verb with give     /ɡɪv/ verb (gave, given)
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 .Stop having or doing something
(Definition of give sb up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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