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Give Up

How to Conjugate Give Up

  • Infinitive: Give Up
  • Present Tense: Give Up/ Gives Up
  • -ing Form: Giving Up
  • Past Tense: Gave Up
  • Past Participle: Given Up
Give Up is a separable phrasal verb and has 4 definitions.

Definitions of Give Up:

1. To stop doing something without completing it.

Examples: I gave up trying to change her mind.
Most people give up right before they were close to accomplishing their challenge.

2. To stop a habit.

Examples: I gave up smoking once I had tried electronic cigarettes.
Donald is 40 years old and still hasn’t given up smoking pot.

3. To surrender.

Examples: The bank robber gave himself up to the police after seeing his face on television.
She gave up trying to fight his love, and now they are happily married with two beautiful daughters.

4. To allow someone to have something you own or possess.

Examples: Does getting married really mean giving up your independence?
Working overtime means giving up time to socialize with friends.

See our complete list of English phrasal verbs.