Meaning of “give up” in the English Dictionary

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"give up" in British English

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give up

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

to stop trying to guess:

You'll never guess the answer - do you give up?
I give up - how many were there?

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  • After ten minutes trying to get the answer I gave up.
  • "Do you give up?" "No, I want another clue."
  • I give up - tell me the answer!
  • No, you're wrong - do you give up?
  • I haven't a clue - I give up.

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

"give up" in Business English

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give up

phrasal verb with give uk /ɡɪv/ us verb [ I or T ] past tense gave, past participle given

to stop trying to do something before you have finished, usually because it is too difficult:

She has a struggle trying to persuade the board to accept her proposal, but she's determined not to give up.

(Definition of “give up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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