give over
verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. cease 2. entrust 3. a. to yield without restraint or control ; abandon <
gave themselves over to laughter
b. to set apart for a particular purpose or use 4. archaic to pronounce incurable intransitive verb British to cease an activity ; stop <
told him to give over and let me alone — Brendan Behan

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • give over — verb Etymology: Middle English given over, from given to give + over transitive verb 1. : to bring to an end : put a stop to : cease, quit …   Useful english dictionary

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  • give over — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To hand over] Syn. give up, deliver, relinquish; see give 1 . 2. [To cease] Syn. desist, finish, end; see stop 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To yield (oneself) unrestrainedly, as to a particular impulse: abandon,… …   English dictionary for students

  • give over — verb a) To give up, hand over, surrender (something). Diocletian, the emperor, was so much affected with it that he gave over his sceptre and turned gardener. b) To entrust (something) to another …   Wiktionary

  • give over — 1. Leave, quit, abandon, cease from. 2. Consider hopeless, consider lost, give up …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • give over ! — Exclam. Stop it ! Mainly Northern use …   English slang and colloquialisms

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