Meaning of “give up sth” in the English Dictionary

"give up sth" in British English

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give up sth

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

to stop owning and using something:

They were forced to give up their home because they couldn't pay the mortgage.
give up hope

to stop hoping that a particular thing will happen:

We still haven't given up hope of finding her alive.

More examples

  • He's just given up his car and now cycles to work instead.
  • He reluctantly gave up his motorbike when he could no longer afford to run it.
  • He gave up all his worldly possessions and went to live in a monastery.
  • She agreed to give up her SUV in favour of a smaller car.
  • I'll have to give up my ticket to the concert if I can't find anyone to go with me.

give up (sth)

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

B2 to stop doing something before you have finished it, usually because it is too difficult:

[ + -ing verb ] I've given up trying to help her.

More examples

  • I've given up trying to persuade her.
  • I give up - I'm never going to learn this language!
  • I've given up trying to make her happy.
  • He used to try to get me to dress smartly but he's long since given up on me.
  • I've given up going to the gym - it wasn't making any difference.

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