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give up (sth)

phrasal verb with give
 
 
/ɡɪv/ verb ( past tense gave, past participle given)
STOP HABIT B1 If you give up a habit such as smoking, or give up something unhealthy such as alcohol, you stop doing it or having it: I gave up smoking two years ago.Stop having or doing something
TOO DIFFICULT B1 to stop doing something before you have completed it, usually because it is too difficult: [+ doing sth] I've given up trying to help her.Stop having or doing something
(Definition of give up (sth) phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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