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give in

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

B1 to finally agree to what someone wants, after refusing for a period of time: He nagged me so much for a new bike that eventually I gave in. The government cannot be seen as giving in to terrorists' demands.

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  • (ADMIT DEFEAT)

B2 to accept that you have been defeated and agree to stop competing or fighting: You'll never guess the answer - do you give in? She wouldn't give in until she received a full apology.

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give in

phrasal verb with give us   /ɡɪv/ verb present participle giving, past tense gave, past participle given
to decide to do what someone else wants: Our kids kept begging us to take them to the beach, and finally we gave in.
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