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English definition of “give sth up”

give sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with give   /ɡɪv/ (gave, given) us  
B1 to stop doing a regular activity or job: [+ -ing verb] He's given up driving since his illness. We're going to give up our sports club membership after this year.Stop having or doing something give it up for sb used to ask people to clap their hands to show their enjoyment or approval of a performance: Ladies and gentlemen, will you give it up for Danny Jones.Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
(Definition of give sth up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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