Meaning of “give in” in the English Dictionary

"give in" in British English

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give in

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


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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  • After a heated debate, the employers gave in to the union's demands.
  • I don't think he will give in to your requests if you keep pestering him.
  • He gave in to my suggestion after I had shown him the plans.
  • Keep asking and eventually she'll give in.
  • The government finally gave in to the company's plea for help.


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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  • He held the other wrestler in a headlock until he gave in.
  • The enemy troops weren't prepared to give in without a fight.
  • After struggling with the crossword for an hour, she finally gave in and looked at the answers.
  • She refused to give in, and finally got the opportunity she was looking for.
  • If your application is rejected this year, don't give in. You can apply again next year.

(Definition of “give in” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"give in" in American English

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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.

(Definition of “give in” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)